Charlotte, North Carolina 1964
Jones, a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation, which has deep roots in Wisconsin, addresses Native identity and America’s troubled history. Primarily in photography, Jones takes on the myths as well as the realities of presentation and perception. Humankind’s relationship to nature is a favorite subject. Jones’s awards are numerous, and his work is in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, the University of New Mexico Art Museum, Polaroid Corporation, Microsoft Corporation, and many others. He has a BFA, MFA, and MA, and is an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
Photo by Shimon Lindemann
Tom Jones takes his identity in the Ho-Chunk tribe as fundamental to his person and his work. In his photography work, he explores this identity and geographic place with a specific focus on the experience of American Indian communities. He is particularly interested in the ways in which Native material culture has been popularized, represented, and misrepresented.