An in-conversation and Q&A session with artist Jaskirt Boora that explores issues of representation, with a particular focus on ethnicity and gender within sports and the photography landscape, as well as her socially engaged arts practice more widely. This event will draw on Jaskirt’s current exhibition People, Place and Sport, a series of photographic portraits and recorded conversations that celebrates grassroots sport in the West Midlands. Touching on community sport’s relationship to social justice, the talk will explore the empowering role that open-access parks & outdoor pools and self-organised sporting hubs play in for local communities, as collectively owned sites for self-expression and gathering.
This event is taking place as part of Multistory’s Blast Creative Network programme at the Moseley Road Baths Gala pool, where you can also view the exhibition and chat to Jaskirt afterwards. Refreshments will be provided.
Access & Dietary Requirements
Please let us know if you have any access requirements when you book your ticket, or by calling +44 7922 571832. Please note: Moseley Road Baths has wheelchair access and while the space within the Gala pool is only accessible via steps, there is space and seating on the ground level around the pool.
Please let us know if you have any allergies when filling out the booking form.
People, Place and Sport is also available to view at seven other community sites across Birmingham and Sandwell, and at a large-scale outdoor exhibition between July to August 2022, at Sandwell Valley Country Park. More info here.
The exhibition has been produced as part of the Birmingham 2022 Festival, with Creative Producer Jenny Moore, designer and fabricator Matt Moore, Blind Mice Design and Iain Armstrong of Phonoscope.
Jaskirt Kaur Boora is an award-winning visual artist whose work focuses on a socially engaged practice, working with local communities in the West Midlands. She is interested in celebrating untold stories while exploring visual representations of gender, ethnicity and place.
Boora creates work with the aim to empower and give voice to marginalised communities. In 2021 she collaborated with women’s refuge Birmingham Crisis Centre and published a zine, Aurat ki Himmat, raising just under £500 for the refuge in the process. Currently she is working on People, Place and Sport in partnership with Multistory and Birmingham 2022 Festival, with multiple outdoor exhibitions to take place in Sandwell and Birmingham. Both projects explore personal stories through portraits, details of place and conversations that have taken place through workshops and interviews.
In December 2021 Boora won the BJP Portrait of Britain award for her portrait of Dr Mavi, and in September 2021 Boora won the RBSA 2021 Photography prize for her image of Aabidah Shah, both taken from the body of work Birmingham Lockdown Stories. This work was commissioned by GRAIN Projects in 2020, exhibited at the international Format Festival 2021, and in January 2021 sold out as Boora’s first self published book.
Boora’s work has been exhibited nationally, including Wembley stadium and Manchester’s People Museum, and has been widely published, including in The Sunday Times. Boora has also been the recipient of awards including the Photo Imaging Council Award and the Magnum & Ideas Tap Sports Award for her work on Women’s Football and Everyday Olympian.
About the BCN
Blast Creative Network offers artists in Sandwell and the Black Country a free, rolling programme of talks, workshops, reading groups, discussions and social events, and is a space for mutual support, learning and knowledge sharing.
Image © Jaskirt Boora