The Heong Gallery at Downing College, Cambridge, will host a superb solo exhibition by Soheila Sokhanvari. The exhibition “We Could Be Heroes…” comes from the famous David Bowie song from 1977. The song resonates with Soheila Sokhanvari’s relationship with Iran, where she was separated from all she knew by the 1979 Islamic Revolution. As the lovers search for each other across a dangerous border, Sokhanvari resurrects icons and personal memories on the verge of being erased from Iran before 1979.
A multidisciplinary artist born in Iran, Soheila Sokhanvari weaves layers of political histories with bizarre, mysterious, and often humorous narratives that viewers are asked to complete. As a studio artist at Wysing Arts Centre (since 2013), Okhanvari has a BA in Art History and Fine Arts from Anglia Ruskin University, a postgraduate diploma in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art and Design and an MFA from Goldsmiths College. In addition to receiving the Derek Hill Foundation Scholarship at the British School at Rome (October-December 2018), she has exhibited extensively throughout the Middle East and Europe.
The exhibition will run from the 5th of October, 2023, until the 4th of February, 2024, at The Heong Gallery in Cambridge.