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Hand of Doom features a collection of portraits of Black Sabbath fans wearing the ubiquitous battle jacket. The jackets are embellished, handmade and embroidered by the fans themselves, and worn to tell the story of their fandom and gig-attending history.

The photographs were created with Black Sabbath fans from across the globe and show the diversity of the fan base for the influential music genre that originated in Birmingham. The exhibition features a small selection of portraits curated from a collection made over the last 3 years in Botswana, Brazil, Indonesia, Japan, Egypt, Lebanon, Netherlands, Spain and the UK.

Image: International Fan Portrait, Netherlands and Spain © Home of Metal

Home of Metal

This exhibition is part of Home of Metal, a celebration of Birmingham's history of music running from May to September, conceived and produced by Capsule, supported by Arts Council England. 

Home of Metal shines a light on the global phenomenon of Heavy Metal with a series of blockbuster exhibitions devoted to the music that was born in and around Birmingham. Music that turned up the volume, down-tuned the guitars, and introduced a whole new meaning to the word ‘heavy’. The season of events and exhibitions will join the dots between music, social history, visual art and fan cultures to produce a new perspective on metal. One that is celebratory, eschews notions of high/low culture, and joins audiences and performers together. 

Home of Metal will present a series of exhibitions in partnership with organisations in and around Birmingham to include Black Sabbath – 50 Years, at Birmingham Museum & Art GalleryMonster Chetwynd: Hell Mouth 3 at Eastside ProjectsAlan Kane: 4 Bed Detached Home of Metal at The New Art Gallery Walsall and Przemek Branas at Centrala, demonstrating Heavy Metal’s reach into all corners of culture through explorations of fantasy, chaos, performance and fandom. 

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