Hetain Patel
'Don't Look at the Finger' (still), 2017. Photo David Rowan
Contemporary Exhibitions

Hetain Patel
Don’t Look at the Finger

Don’t Look at the Finger is a major new moving-image work by artist Hetain Patel.

The film follows a ceremonial encounter between a man and a woman, within a grand architectural setting.



The characters communicate through a feat of choreography that draws on martial arts and signed languages to express a ritualistic coming together.


Shot with production values that emulate Hollywood films, it features specially designed costumes and an original soundtrack by composer Amy May.


Commissioned by Film and Video Umbrella with Manchester Art Gallery and QUAD, Derby.

Supported by Arts Council England. Initial research supported by Jerwood Choreographic Research Project.


In Conversation

Sunday 8 July, 1pm

Join the artist for a talk about his work

Please book your free place by calling 01922 654400


Movie Martial Arts

Sunday 29 July

12pm-12.45pm:  5-8 year olds

1pm-1.45pm:  9-13 year olds


Discover film star fight secrets as you join Chirag Lukha, (Founder of L.I.O.N.S Self Defence, and choreographer

of Hetain Patel’s film, exhibited on Floor 4), for an introductory movie martial arts workshop.

£3 per child. Places are limited and must be booked and paid for in advance by calling the Gallery on 01922 654400.

Hetain Patel, Don’t Look at the Finger


Hetain Patel is supported by: