People, Place and Sport photographic exhibition to celebrate local communities

A NEW photography exhibition celebrating local sporting communities has opened at multiple venues in Birmingham and Sandwell today, Monday 4th April, as part of Festival Birmingham 2022. The people, the place and the sport by award-winning artist, Jaskirt Boora, in collaboration with community arts organization Multistory, will highlight twenty-five individuals and centers where grassroots sports take place.

The people, the place and the sport is a collection of photographic portraits and recorded conversations with people who practice everyday sports in the West Midlands. From 4 April to 31 August the portraits will be on display at eight leisure centers and outdoor spaces across the West Midlands including: Bournville Green, Birmingham Coach Station, Moseley Road Baths, St Pauls Square in the Jewelery Quarter, Haden Hill Leisure Centre, Hadley Stadium, Wednesbury Leisure Center and West Bromwich Leisure Centre. Coinciding with the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, the full display will also be outdoors at Sandwell Valley Park from July 4 to August 31.

Those featured in the exhibit include Amelia, a young boxer from Thailand with Fearless MMA Wrestlers at Balsall Heath; Julius, first team captain of Aston Old Edwardians Rugby Football Club; and retired Jean, a member of the Bournville Bowls Club for 25 years. Their portraits are accompanied by taped conversations about what sport and the Commonwealth mean to each of them.

ARTISTIC: Jaskirt Boora with portraits from People, Place and Sport Festival Birmingham 2022 Photo credit Shaun Fellows

Artist Jaskirt Boora said: “In The people, the place and the sport I wanted to highlight the sports centers nestled in our landscape, far from the big stadiums, where mass sport takes place every week. Everyone I’ve met is dedicated to their sport, whether as captain, coach or hobby. Collectively, they are representative of the people of the region, and I look forward to sharing their portraits and their stories. »

Raidene Carter, Executive Producer of Birmingham Festival 2022 said: The people, the place and the sportis an exciting and timely exhibition celebrating twenty-five fabulous people from the everyday sporting communities of Birmingham and Sandwell. As the region prepares for the Commonwealth Games, we hope Jaskirt’s portraits bring inspiration and delight to sports and art lovers.

Emma Chetcuti, Director of Multistory, said: “Jaskirt’s photographic stories are relevant and relatable and are displayed in the communities where the portraits were made to acknowledge and celebrate the everyday sporting communities in Sandwell and Birmingham.”

Jaskirt Boora is an award-winning visual artist whose work focuses on 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 works with the aim of empowering and giving voice to marginalized communities. In December 2021 Boora won the BJP Portrait of Britain award for her portrait of Dr Mavi, and in September 2021 she won the RBSA 2021 Photography award for her image of Aabidah Shah, both from the Birmingham body of work Lockdown Stories. Boora’s work has been exhibited nationally, including at Wembley Stadium and the People Museum in Manchester, and has been widely published, including in The Sunday Times. She also received the Magnum & Ideas Tap Sports Award for her work on women’s football and the Everyday Olympian.

The Birmingham 2022 Festival is a six-month celebration of the creativity surrounding the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. The people, the place and the sport is one of many sports-inspired festivals that explore the intrinsic connection between sport and art. It is generously funded by Arts Council England, the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the Birmingham 2022 Organizing Committee.

People, Place and Sport is in multiple locations through August 31. For more information visit birmingham2022.com/festival

Michael E. Marquez