Matthew Brooks is a Montr√©al-based artist originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba. He holds a B.F.A. in Photography from Concordia University and is currently an M.F.A. candidate in Studio Arts at Concordia University.
Working with a large format camera to capture meticulously detailed images as source material, his works explore the boundaries and tensions between the documentary and the fictional. Through staged interventions and extensive digital manipulation, his photographs transform a mysterious mundanity into cinematic tableaus which evoke ambiguous narratives. Aging architecture, decor, and objects are recurring elements in his work as he often deals with themes of nostalgia, preservation, and memory.
His work has been included in group exhibitions at Centre Skol (Montr√©al, QC) and Galerie POPOP (Montr√©al, QC) and has been published in publications such as Magenta Magazine, Lenscratch, It’s Nice That, Huffington Post, Fotografia Magazine, and Ain’t Bad Magazine among others. He is the recipient of the Lande Award in Photography for 2016-2018 and has received past support from the Manitoba Arts Council and Concordia University.
As an active research and production assistant, he has worked with artists such as Marisa Portolese, Adad Hannah, Tema Stauffer, Jeanie Riddle, Clara Gutsche, David K. Ross, Anne-Ren√©e Hotte, and Jacques Bellavance among others.
Matthew Brooks.¬†Chateau Lanes.¬†Digital C-print, 40 x 50 inches / 101.6 x 127 cm. 2016