1991

from Riga, Latvia

based in London, UK

 

Mētra Saberova is a Latvian moving image and performance artist, living and working in London. She gained an MA in Fine Art at Central Saint Martins in 2017. She is currently doing a practice-based PhD at London South Bank University, exploring the use of radical body art as a social platform to disrupt the patriarchal construction of intrinsic motherhood. She has used her own orchestrated experiences of medical tourism and bodily interventions to encourage discussions about the female body and its capabilities, including tubal ligation in Thailand, hymenoplasty in Poland, IVF consultations in Bulgaria and full breast tattoos in Latvia. Next to the international exhibitions, her focus is the scene in Riga, forming a core of the young Latvian feminist artist and activist generation.

Education

2018-2022

PhD, practice as research, London South Bank University, Arts and Creative Industries, UK

 

2015-2017

MA Fine Art (Distinction), Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, London, UK                                

2011-2015

BA (1st ), Painting Department at the Art Academy of Latvia, Riga, Latvia

 

2010-2011

University of Latvia, Faculty of History and Philosophy, Department of  Philosophy

Solo Shows

2017

 

Pimpin' Yo Mama Crib, curator Šelda Puķīte, Tartu Kunstimaja, Tartu, Estonia

                                        

Select Group Exhibitions and Screenings

2019

Home Is Where The Heart Is, group show, curated by Jana Kukaine, Ziemeļblāzmas kultūras pils, Riga, Latvia

Euro Femmes, international group show, curated by Mētra Saberova, the Creative Studio of the ARSENĀLS Exhibition Hall of the Latvian National Museum of Art, Riga, Latvia

Self-doc, curated by Constantine Elijah, cave, London, UK

2018

Glandula Mammae, Pauls Stradins Museum for History of Medicine, curated by Jana Kukaine, Riga, Latvia

Wool and Silk. The New Erotic, curated by Jana Kukaine and Rasa Jansone, Riga Photomonth 2018. Latvian Museum of Photography, Riga, Latvia

 

Micro Acts 3, curated by Liberty Antonia Sadler & Lorraine Devine, Hotel Elephant, London, UK

Jeune Creation Europeenne touring group exhibition in France, Italy, Denmark, Romania, Spain, Portugal and Latvia in 2018/2019

2017

The Next Thing, Bury Art Museum and Sculpture Centre, Moving Image Gallery, Bury, UK

MOTHER, CINEMQ, Elevator, Shanghai, China

Monocular Spectator. Performance for the camera, curated by Diāna Popova, Gallery GEDOK, Munich, Germany

Queer Art(ists) Now, And What? Queer Arts Festival, The Mill Co. Project, London, UK

 

I'm Not Confused, I'm Contemporary, Lubimorov/ Angus-Hughes gallery, London, UK

International Videoart Week of Lanzarote, CIC El Almacen, Lanzarote, Canary islands

Show One, Lethaby Gallery, Central Saint Martins, London, UK

collaborative project

Feminist art performance and the publishing of feminist photography sketchbook Fembloks (with Ingrīda Pičukāne, Rasa Jansone, Vivianna Marija Stanislavska), Latvian Centre for Contemporary art, Riga, Latvia                               

2016

Hiding in plain sight, The Flying Dutchman, London, UK

 

is this (not) a woman, tAD gallery, Texas, USA

Visions, Nunnery gallery, Bow arts, London, UK

 

RETHink Art Digital Festival, Crete, Greece

 

Amy Johnson Festival, The 75 Seconds Film Challenge, Hull, UK

 

Big Screen, Latitude festival, UK

SIXTY

Lubomirov/ Angus-Hughes gallery, London

Platform Projects @ Art Athina, Athens

Tension. The Young in Latvian Painting III, Exhibition hall of the Latvian National Museum of Art ''Arsenāls'',Riga, Latvia

 

PANORAMA #1, screening programme at Bar Paragon, Genesis cinema, London                                                       

2015

Gustavs Metzger’s call to Remember Nature, Central Saint Martins in collaboration with the Serpentine Galleries, London

Signifier, BA degree show of the Art Academy of Latvia, Tabacco factory, Riga, Latvia

 

What is happening there in Riga?, exhibition of the Art Academy of Latvia Painting Department, gallery Noorus, Tartu,Estonia

 

2014

 

Collaborative project

Video installation Red river pearls, festival White Nights, Riga 2014, Riga, Latvia

 

2013

 

Apartment, festival White Nights, Gertrudes Street, Riga, Latvia

Speaker

6.04.19. Symposium ‘Manifestations of (In)Activism in the Latest Baltic Art’, Riga Photography Biennial, ISSP Gallery, Riga, Latvia

7.03.19. LadyFest Riga, artist presentation, Riga, Latvia

9.03.19. Oxytocin: Mothering the world, panel discussion, King's College London-Guys Campus

 

 

Awards

Artquest and Acava Lifeboat studio award 2018/2019

 

Latvia's selection for the Jeune Creation Europeenne 2018/2019

 

The Mona Hatoum Bursary 15/16

 

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