Sophie Sabet: I Almost Didn’t Feel You Leave

Sophie Sabet
I Almost Didn’t Feel You Leave

Curated by Noa Bronstein

May 11–June 16, 2019
Bradley Museum

Opening reception: Saturday, May 11 | 2–4pm

Concepts of home circulate widely and often predictably. Sophie Sabet’s immersive installation takes a more personal and honest approach to understanding how it is that we might contend with ‘home’ as both place and feeling. Her autobiographical work intimately traces the complexities of her Iranian-Canadian home, a space that bears witness to the weight of displacement and cultural frictions. This solo exhibition brings together Sabet’s videos, still images and sculptural works. Through these quiet and subtle portraits Sabet traces the contradictory, difficult and sometimes painful ways that her family navigates their identity and diasporic realities.

Exhibited within Mississauga’s Bradley House, Sabet’s works aim to disrupt the staged historic site. Layering a contemporary and difficult image of home onto that of a simulated, 1830s domestic space, encourages a different reading of the house museum. This alternative reading might ask that we look more deeply at the mechanisms of display employed by museums and how these strategies can advertently or inadvertently de-politicize what is inherently political.

Sophie Sabet and Zinnia Naqvi in conversation
Saturday May 11, 12:30pm
Gladstone Hotel with FREE shuttle bus to Bradley Museum

Join us for a conversation between artists Sophie Sabet and Zinnia Naqvi. We’ll begin at the Gladstone Hotel’s 2nd floor gallery, where Sabet and Naqvi will discuss Naqvi’s work, on view as part of the New Generation Photography Award.

The bus picks up at the Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto at 1:30pm for Sophie Sabet’s opening reception at the Bradley Museum, 2–4pm. The bus will return to the Gladstone Hotel for 4:30pm. RSVP by emailing museums@mississauga.ca by May 10.

Artist Bio
Sophie Sabet is an emerging media artist working predominantly in video. As an Iranian-born woman raised in Canada, her work focuses on exploring identity and the influences of the diasporic experience within the domestic sphere. She holds a BA in Art History from Queens University, and a MFA in Documentary Media Studies at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. Sabet has exhibited solo exhibitions at the Student Gallery at the Ryerson Image Centre (Toronto) in 2016 and Flux Gallery (Winnipeg) in 2017. She has participated in group exhibitions at Gallery 44 (Toronto) and Trinity Square Video (Toronto) in 2018.

I Almost Didn’t Feel You Leave is a featured exhibition of the Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival.

Bradley Museum
1620 Orr Road
Mississauga, ON L5J 4T2

The Bradley Museum is a partially accessible space.
For more information, please contact Museums of Mississauga.

Image: Sophie Sabet, I Almost Didn’t Feel You Leave, 2018, video, dimensions variable