Marvel at My World is the debut exhibition from artist Subhash Viman Gorania.
The exhibition runs from Friday 19th Jan until Saturday 13th April
Inspired by his young sons, Subhash centred the exhibition on the influence of heroes in his life, ranging from dance gurus to protagonists found in Hindu mythology and superheroes found in comics.
The exhibition includes a collection of three-dimensional deities, a series of Hindu Gods presented as powerful superheroes and an array of prints inspired by Andy Warhol, each one characterised in an individual and unique movement.
This exhibition effectively combines Subhash’s cultural heritage, as a second-generation British South Asian, with his passion for contemporary dance (Subhash is also a professional dancer), achieving it successfully to a bold and impressive extent.
You can read more about Subhash and the exhibition in this interview.
The exhibition takes place at The Library of Birmingham. No booking is needed.
Join us on Tuesday 13th February for some free half term fun. Find out more here
- Monday to Friday: 11am to 7pm
- Saturday: 11am to 5pm
- Sunday: Closed
Subhash Viman Gorania was five years old when his artistic talent was realised by a schoolteacher who praised his drawings as being the ‘best in the class’. In pursuing his creative talent, Subhash went on to study Multimedia Design at De Montfort University, Leicester (2000). Unfortunately, after an incident in which he was racially attacked in 2002, he was left with severe and life-threatening injuries. This assault also had a detrimental impact on his mental, emotional and physical health. As a result, he withdrew himself from the world (including his university course) and found himself rapidly deteriorating, causing him to lose all self-confidence, hope and ambition.
Two years after the attack, at the age of twenty-three, Subhash decided to finally regain control of his life and aspirations. He re-entered the realm of creative exploration through the medium of street dance. In addition, he also began to develop his dance-based syntax through the Indian classical dance disciplines of Kathak and Bharatanatyam, and contemporary dance. This resulted in what he is now known for, that is his presentation of an experimental and progressive hybrid dance vocabulary.
As dance and choreography became Subhash’s profession, there still remained that unforgotten yearning for him to explore his skills in drawing. In 2020, when the UK went into a national lockdown as a result of the pandemic, he began to reconnect with that which he had left behind: the visual arts, design and drawing.