Matt Stokes is an artist filmmaker living in North East England. His practice stems from an inquiry into phenomena and places that provide a sense of collectivity, shaping and influencing people’s lives and identities. His work frequently develops from encounters with people involved in actions that cause a friction with the environments they inhabit. Their knowledge and skills are brought together, sometimes in combination with outwardly conflicting groups, to create outcomes that invert common or misplaced perceptions. Often this process involves immersing himself in settings, through which collaborations with informal communities arise, resulting in films, installations and events.
In 2006 he was awarded the Beck’s Futures prize for his first film Long After Tonight, and in 2012 was shortlisted for the Film London Jarman Award. He has exhibited nationally and internationally in group shows, and recent solo exhibitions include Matt’s Gallery, London; Site Gallery, Sheffield; CAAC, Seville; De Hallen, Haarlem; Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel. Stokes has twice been invited to show work within Rotterdam Film Festival, and in multi-platform festivals such as Sensoria and WOMAD. He has made twelve film works to date, and due to his long-standing inquiry into music subcultures has also produced music videos for the Daylighting/V2 label.