Coekin's work is an expanded approach to photography combining, text, ephemera, audio and archival imagery within his projects. Though now based in Los Angeles his work is firmly rooted in his British upbringing in Eyres Monsell estate in the south of the city. His work explores the staging of identity through photography. It allows us to think through the way photographs tells stories about individuals and the way in which we use photography to talk about ourselves.
His work is funny and mischievous, gently sending up grand histories of class, of international politics and documentary photography. The exhibition Stop Look Listengives an overview of an idiosyncratic photographer observing British identity over the past through thirty years through a lens that is subtly self-reflexive. This quiet and sympathetic study of British identities has been made urgent by the seismic shifts which the nation is undergoing during the run of this exhibition.