Hank Willis Thomas
Hank Willis Thomas is a conceptual artist that focuses on themes such as identity, history, and pop culture. With inspiration from Carrie Mae Weems and Lorna Simpson, Thomas uses familiar language and imagery as a vehicle to express social issues that are often overlooked in our culture. Thomas addresses our consumerist culture in his series of work entitled "Branded" where he uses common advertisement logos and the body to create a dialogue about cultural stereotypes.
Referring to himself as a "visual culture archaeologist", he describes being interested in the ways that popular imagery informs us of how people perceive themselves and others around the world. In his other two works, Strange Fruit and Cotton Bowl, Thomas also uses familiar imagery to address identity and history in a similar fashion.