Jaskirt Dhaliwal-Boora

People, Place and Sport

"As soon as it becomes a hobby and the hobby becomes something you love why not doit every single day. What a better way to be happy." - Josh, Fearless MMA fighter, Hockley

People, Place and Sport is a celebration of local communities and sport in the West Midlands. 

Representation is a key theme throughout Boora’s work, and in People, Place and Sport she continues to explore the role of gender and ethnicity through a series of portraits and recorded conversations.

Boora also shines a light on the sporting hubs tucked away in our landscape, away from the large stadia, where grassroots sport takes place on a weekly basis.

In this new work Boora asks what sport and the Commonwealth mean to the people of the Midlands. 

People, Place and Sport was made possible through funding and support from Arts Council England, Multistory and Birmingham 2022 Festival programme.

Thank you to all the clubs and individuals that shared their stories. Tap on the photos to read captions, and hear the stories via QR codes at the exhibition sites.

Exhibitions

4 April to 31 August 2022

Birmingham: Bournville Green, Birmingham Coach Station, and St Pauls Square. 

Sandwell: Haden Hill Leisure Centre in Rowley Regis, Hadley Stadium in Smethwick, Wednesbury Leisure Centre and West Bromwich Leisure Centre.

These 8 exhibitions will feature 20 portraits and interviews. Find out more here: exhibition addresses

4 July– 31 August 2022
Sandwell Valley Country Park will feature the main exhibition, combining portraits, landscapes and interviews from the work. 

All exhibitions are free to view and attend. 

Events

Thursday 23 June, 6-8pm: In Conversation with Multistory's Jess Piette at Moseley Road Baths

Sunday 10 July, 1-3pm: Picnic in the park to celebrate the opening of the main exhibition at Sandwell Valley Park. More information here: https://tinyurl.com/7exhmhuh

Watch Jaskirt talk more in depth about the project

Raidene Carter, Executive Producer for the Birmingham 2022 Festival said: “People, Place and Sport is an exciting and timely exhibition that celebrates twenty-five fabulous individuals from everyday sporting communities right across Birmingham and Sandwell. As the region gets ready for the Commonwealth Games, we hope that Jaskirt’s portraits will bring inspiration and enjoyment to both sports and arts fans alike.”

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

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Audio Interviews

Acknowledgements

Jaskirt is pleased to have partnered with Multistory and to be working with the Birmingham 2022 Festival, the six-month arts festival for the city and wider West Midlands, and with Creative Producer Jenny Moore, designer and fabricator Matt Moore, Blind Mice Design, and Iain Armstrong of Phonoscope. 

Big thank you also to Rosie Watts, Tegen Kimbley and Ryley Morton for assisting on the photo shoots and recoding the interviews. 

People, Place and Sport is supported by Arts Council England and National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Multistory and Jaskirt Boora are grateful for revenue support from Sandwell Council and Arts Council England.

Further information about the work from Birmingham 2022 Festival can be found here: https://www.birmingham2022.com/

Multistory: https://multistory.org.uk/ 

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