The Perfect Day by Sophie Sabet

August 1st, 2020 – September 24th, 2020

Image courtesy of Sophie Sabet.

The Perfect Day is an exhibition of new video and sculpture work by emerging artist Sophie Sabet, produced during her residency in the Artist Incubator Lab. Sabet is a filmmaker who mines personal relationships and found footage from her past to explore processes of migration and creation, body politics, and the myriad ways we reveal and conceal ourselves in the world. For this new work, she blends home-video footage from her childhood with intimate present-day footage in a single-channel video. The work touches on her mother’s own practice as an artist and accesses images that reveal how bodies, spaces, and objects can act as vessels for memories, emotions, and trauma. A series of cast plaster sculptures are presented alongside the video. Created through a process of filling and extracting, they become material representations of this inner weight.

Sophie Sabet is a Toronto-based visual artist working predominantly in video. Her practice is often autobiographical and intimately traces the complexities and fluidity of the domestic sphere. She is interested in different forms of communication, creating space for empathy and the process of working through heterogeneous cultural and personal perspectives. She holds a BA in Art History from Queen’s 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 several artist residencies including the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in 2017 and the Vermont Studio Centre in 2018. Sabet recently completed a solo show at the Mississauga Museums for CONTACT’s 2019 photography festival (Toronto) where she received the Gattuso prize for an outstanding Featured Exhibition.

This exhibition is supported by the RBC Foundation and the RBC Emerging Artist Project.