We are delighted to present a two-part solo exhibition of new work by Mitra Saboury at Millennium Point and Grand Union.  

For her exhibition at Millennium Point, a selection of Saboury’s video works will take over the Atrium screen*, projecting her work to the enormous scale of 12m x 7m. Her short videos Stumbling Block, Hardscape and Babyface feature fragmented views of the artist’s face, hands and feet exploring material connections with concrete, clay and domestic environments. Other more intimate videos including Nibblings, Dry Wall and You Complete Me will be screened on a small monitor roaming throughout the Atrium during the exhibition. These videos explore exchanges between body, material, object and structure, asking questions about navigation, comfort, consumption and the ways in which we might be enveloped by different kinds of spaces and places.

*Please note, the short film programme on the atrium screen will not be on display during the following times and dates:

Saturday 10 September (not screened throughout the day)
Tuesday 13 September (screened between 9am and 12pm only)
Wednesday 21 September (not screened throughout the day)

Saboury’s new work is marked by changes to the industrial, commercial, domestic and creative uses of buildings situated within Digbeth, an area soon to be greatly affected by plans for the development of the High Speed Two (HS2) train line. Her video works renegotiate the social and political relationships between a building’s surface, shell and core, and the narratives and histories embedded in its layers. Her work proposes possibilities for the reclamation of space by the body.

Based between London and Los Angeles, Saboury uses her body as a sensual and sentient research tool to explore the architectural contexts of domestic and urban space. With a background in neuroscience, her artistic practice considers the physical and psychological impacts of space upon the body. Her work across a range of media including video, photography, sculpture and performance probes aspects of interior and exterior space that are usually overlooked, making works that are frequently playful and sometimes uncomfortable.

Grand Union: Opening 2 September, 6-8pm. Exhibition continues 3 September – 4 November 2016, open Wednesday – Saturday, 12-5pm

Alongside her exhibition at Millennium Point, a further selection of new video works by Saboury will be screened at Grand Union, a gallery and studio complex on nearby Fazeley Street, alongside videos made during her residency. These will be accompanied by new sculptural installations made with concrete, velvet and more visceral materials that respond directly to the architecture of the gallery space. Pulling Walls at Grand Union runs 3 September – 5 November.

Pulling Walls is the first solo exhibition of Saboury’s work to be presented outside of the USA and is curated by Birmingham-based curator Anneka French.

The exhibition is generously supported by Arts Council England and Crisis.

Associated Events

Friday 2 September, 6-8pm
Exhibition launch and artist performance at Grand Union as part of Digbeth First Friday

Sunday 11 September
Family workshop with Mitra Saboury at Millennium Point, 1-3pm

Friday 7 October, 6-8pm
Launch of digital publication and late night opening at Grand Union as part of Digbeth First Friday

Saturday 8 October, 1-2pm
Curator tour with Anneka French at Grand Union

Friday 4 November, 6-8pm
Curated film screening closing event and late night opening at Grand Union as part of Digbeth First Friday