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Matt Stokes, the making of Give to Me the Life I Love, Whitechapel Gallery, 2012.
A film installation by artist Matt Stokes, which tells a story of Bangladeshi identity from the perspective of teenagers living in the UK at different moments in time.
‘Give to me the Life I Love’ draws on accounts of the struggles faced by Bangladeshis arriving in the UK during the 1970s, considered alongside experiences of today’s younger generation. This reveals itself in the film through generational differences, focusing on how identity is interpreted and adapted by a young community surrounded by wider cultural influences. The film references Bengali literature, traditional storytelling, music and television as a means of accessing Bangladeshi identity and heritage.
Matt Stokes immerses himself in situations to look at the events that shape people’s lives and values. His projects develop into films, installations and events that utilize the collective knowledge and skills within communities.
Give to Me the Life I Love is a co-commission between Whitechapel Gallery, London and Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle.
Part of Festival of the North East.