5 October 2023 - 4 February 2024
We Could Be Heroes..., the title of Soheila Sokhanvari's exhibition at Heong Gallery, takes its name from the 1977 song by David Bowie. The song about two lovers separated by the Berlin Wall resonates with Soheila Sokhanvari’s relationship with Iran, separated from all she knew by the 1979 Islamic Revolution. Like the lovers reaching across a perilous border in search of each other, Sokhanvari reaches back to Iran before 1979, resurrecting icons and personal memories on the verge of being erased.
The Heong Gallery at Downing College opened in February 2016 as a new gallery for exhibitions of modern and contemporary art. The Gallery was designed by Caruso St John Architects (winners of RIBA Stirling Prize 2016) and so named in gratitude for the generous benefaction of Alwyn Heong.