Jaskirt Boora

Jaskirt Kaur Boora is an award-winning visual artist whose work focuses on a socially engaged practice, working with local communities. 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. Her latest work includes Inhale, Exhale a short film for BBC Arts and a large scale photographic exhibition People, Place and Sport, in partnership with Multistory and Birmingham 2022 Festival, that is being exhibited in multiple outdoor exhibitions across Sandwell and Birmingham from April - August 2022. 

In 2021 she collaborated with women's refuge Birmingham Crisis Centre and published a zine, Aurat ki Himmat. Both projects explore personal stories through portraits, details of place and conversations through workshops and interviews.

Boora's Birmingham Lockdown Stories is also currently featuring in Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery's (BMAG) exhibition Unprecedented Times. In January 2022 BMAG acquired 12 of the portraits for their permanent collection in, including the BJP Portrait of Britain awarding winning photo of Dr Mavi. This work was commissioned by GRAIN Projects in 2020 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.

The Guardian 'My Best Shot'
Featuring portrait of Mav from People, Place and Sport (2022)
People, Place and Sport
Exhibitions across Birmingham and Sandwell, part of the official Commonwealth Games Birmingham 2022 Festival
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Unprecedented Times exhibition features portraits from the Birmingham Lockdown Stories, 2022
Portrait of Britain Award winner 2021
Showcased across the country with BJP and JCDecaux
Birmingham Lockdown Stories book
Self published book featuring work from Birmingham Lockdown Stories, 2020.
Blast! Photography Festival 2019
Mitti di Khushboo outdoor exhibition at Lightwoods park, Bearwood
Sunday Times Spectrum Magazine
Featuring work from Everyday Olympian, 2012
British Journal of Photography
Featuring work from Women's Football, 2006-2011
V&A Publication British Asian Style
Featuring work from British Asian Musicians, 2008-9
V&A Publication British Asian Style
Featuring work from British Asian Musicians, 2008-9

Selected Commissions | Projects | Artist Residencies

  • BBC Arts commission short film
  • People, Place and Sport exhibitions, 2021-22. Working in Partnership with Multistory and Birmingham Commonwealth Games Cultural Festival. 
  • Publication of Aurat ki Himmat  (A Woman's Strength) zine. A HG31 Homegrown commission collaborating with women's refuge Birmingham Crisis Centre, 2020-21. 
  • Stans Cafe portrait commission for Inside project with Billesley Primary School, 2021.
  • Coventry Culture commission to photograph cyclists for the Gearing Up exhibition at Coventry Transport Museum and along the Coventry canals, 2020-21.
  • GRAIN Projects commission Birmingham Lockdown Stories, 2020.
  • Multistory commission of Mitti Di Khushboo for the Blast! Photography Festival, 2018-19.
  • Kalaboration & Cultural Olympiad commission for Everyday Olympian, 2012.
  • Fierce Festival artist residency, 2012.
  • MAC (Midland Art Centre) labs artist residency, 2010.
  • Terre Sont Frontiere, Tangier, Morroco artist residency, 2009.
  • Arts Council England project grant for British Asian Musicians, 2008.

Awards

Socially Engaged Workshops

In recent years Boora has expanded her practice to include participatory workshops with people in her community. This informs and sometimes is the project itself that she works on. Some of the community groups and organisations Boora has worked with include:

  • GRAIN Projects commission to run workshops with the Canal and River Trust and Oasis Foundry as part of their Faces of 2022 project, 2022.
  • People, Place and Sport project included a series of 6 workshops with elder women (50+) exploring their life in sport, 2021.
  • Women's Refuge, Birmingham Crisis Centre, 2020-Ongoing. 
  • SAMPAD workshops with young people in response to the Dyche Archive collection, 2021. Collages and portraits made in the workshops exhibited at The Library of Birmingham in 2022. 
  • GRAIN Projects leading art workshops with Coventry Migrant and refugee Centre and youth group Grapevine, 2021. Photographs made from the workshop exhibited outdoors in Coventry City Centre in 2021. 
  • GRAIN Projects commission Birmingham Lockdown Stories, included Zoom workshops, 2020.

Exhibitions

Boora's work has been exhibited in group and individual exhibitions. Here are some of the places her work has been exhibited:

  • Outdoor exhibitions across Birmingham and Sandwell, including Moseley Rd Baths and St Pauls Square.
  • Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
  • Royal Birmingham Society of Artists (RBSA) Photography Exhibition, 2021
  • Lightwoods house, as part of the Blast! Photography Festival 2019
  • Derby Format Festival, 2011 & 2021
  • Wembley Stadium
  • Ethihad Stadium
  • Manchester's People Museum
  • Lighthouse Gallery, Wolverhampton
  • The Public, West Bromwich
  • Coventry University Gallery
  • St Brendan's, Bristol
  • South Korea
  • UN Headquarters NY
  • Tangier Cinematoque, Morrocco
  • The Drum, Birmingham
  • New Arts Exchange, Nottingham
  • Digbeth Art Gallery, Birmingham
  • AOP Gallery, London
  • Foto8 Summershow, London
  • Nishkam Centre, Soho Road, Birmingham
  • Outdoor on public buses in Coventry
  • Midlands Art Centre, Birmingham

Publications

Boora has self published her work, as well as having had her work featured in major publications. Here are some of the publications her work has featured in:

  • Aurat ki Himmat (A Woman's Strength) zine, 2021
  • Birmingham Lockdown Stories Book, 2020 
  • The Sunday Times Magazine
  • The Guardian newspaper
  • British Journal of Photography
  • V&A British Asian Style book
  • Format Festival publication
  • Work Show Grow 2021 United publication
  • Fierce festival publication 
  • Plastic Childhoods, 2020, book by Peter Kraftl
  • No Go Press zine publication
  • Metro newspaper
  • Time of India newspaper
  • Redeye blog
  • Open Eye Gallery Blog
  • Eastern Eye newspaper
  • Desi blitz website
  • Birmingham Post
  • Birmingham Mail
  • BBC Asian Network podcast
  • BBC WM live radio show

Teaching | Lecturing | Work Experience

  • Birmingham City University (Photography Lecturer) 2021-Ongoing
  • King Edward Sixth Form College, Nuneaton, (Lecturer in Photography) 2012-2021
  • Wolverhampton University (Visiting Lecturer) 2019-20
  • Coventry University (Assistant Photography Lecturer) 2012
  • St Brendan's Sixth Form College (2010-12)
  • BBC Asian Network, broadcast assistant and interactive content producer, 2006-2010

Education

  • 2004 - 2007: First Class BA Hons Communication, Culture and Media, Coventry University
  • 2009-10: PGCE Cert Ed, Wolverhampton University


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