We proudly invite you to join us for the launch of the first solo exhibition of Wolverhampton based photographer Sarvjit Sra: Girl Child at the Viner Gallery. The exhibition is open for viewing on Tuesday 10th September, 6-9pm and Saturday 28th September, 11am-2pm.
Using photography and audio Sarvjit seeks to highlight the issue of the preference for boys rather than girls within (but not exclusively) the South Asian community and aims to educate and change inbuilt prejudices and perceptions. His inspiration for ‘Girl Child’ is taken from his personal experience as a father of two daughters and that of the local South Asian community.
“Sometimes we follow when we should lead, as a father of two daughters I have never felt the desire or need to have a son, just an equal platform for our girls. By creating these images I hope to evoke positive change in our thinking”
Using research, including anonymous online surveys and engagement through a workshop programme, Sarvjit explored the sensitive and taboo subject that is universal across many cultures and poses the question; why do some see it more preferable to have a boy rather than a girl? He tackles the “Oh never mind” scenario that actually occurs when celebration is replaced by disappointment. His research has informed the production a series of images that aim to stimulate and create debate, helping the South Asian community voice their fears, opinions and experiences.
Sarvjit is a photographer based in Wolverhampton striving to create social, cultural and issue based arts. He has established strong relationships within the South Asian community working as a social photographer for over a decade and feels that visual art has a place in a culturally diverse community. He comes from an artistic family that includes a renowned author and previous exhibitions include documenting and archiving portraits and stories of first generation South Asian migrants and the documentation of the rise of the Desi pub (Indian eatery pubs) phenomenon in the West Midlands.
The project has been supported by Arts Council England and Creative Black Country and has already started to stimulate debate via social media.