Matthew Suib

2011 Pew Fellow

1/2: Matthew Suib, 2011 Pew Fellow. Photo by Colin Lenton.
2/2: Matt Suib, Whiteout, 2010. Two-channel HD video with surround sound.

“My most satisfying projects aim for broader contexts and associations, and ignore distinctions between video art, film, theater, installation, and cinema.”

Matthew Suib (b. 1973) has been working with video, film, sound, and installation for the past decade, exhibiting internationally in galleries, co-ops, living rooms, websites, museums, film and new media festivals, and public spaces. His work comes from a deep engagement with moving-image culture and explores how moving images shape our understanding of culture, history, and politics. Suib earned his B.F.A. from The University of the Arts in 1995. His collaborative work with video artist and 2006 Pew Fellow Nadia Hironaka has become an increasingly potent aspect of his practice; their video installation Whiteout was presented in 2010 at Philadelphia’s Locks Gallery; another installation, Provisional Monument for a New Revolution, was on view at the Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania in spring 2012. “One of the key concerns of my most recent work is a desire to free the moving image from its most common containers—the comfortable rectangles of the projection screen, television, or computer monitor,” Suib says. “I continue to work with immersive forms—moving-image and sound-based installations that dissolve the cinematic screen or engage architectural and physical space. I’m excited by the possibilities of pushing formal and technological limits to shift relationships between viewer and image.” Suib and Hironaka have been awarded Center-supported residencies to develop their work at Banff (summer 2012) and the Headlands Center for the Arts (fall 2013).


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Collaborators & Colleagues

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Collaborators & Colleagues

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Collaborators & Colleagues

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Collaborators & Colleagues

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Grants & Grantees

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Grants & Grantees

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Grants & Grantees

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