21st Faith

21stfaith

We are a collaborative research project, investigating and questioning faith as a human feeling. 

This publication presents 32 creative projects created for an exhibition in October 2017 at The Workshop, Lambeth. 

Ella:

Rebecca:

Thank you so much for performing that. Rebecca is the

curator of 21st Faith.

Hi. So the idea for today was to have a conversation and

bounce ideas with each other, as this was a project where

everyone did personal research on the aspect of Faith, and

what it meant to them. The goal [today] is to see what

connects, what doesn’t connect, what are the limits,

what are the possibilities… So, don’t hesitate, please,

I want to hear everyone saying one sentence.

It would make me very happy.

[ambient noise]

[Ella introduces artist Iara Monaco]

Iara:

So, when Rebecca first started talking about this project

she told me her initial inspiration which was how Faith

used to be a uniting form in a community, it was what

gathered people together and helped make improvements

in the community. That didn’t resonate with me until I went

to Bangladesh, for three months, and volunteered there.

We had to go to these different communities and we went

[and asked] them what challenges do you face, what can

be improved in your community and always asked what’s

the best thing about your community. They would all say

the best thing about our community is unity. They lived in

a collectivist society, where you wouldn’t see a homeless

person in the street, because there would always be

somebody to bring you in, and give you a home, take care

of you, and make you feel part of a family. So that made me

wonder, what can unite us as a whole? How can we combat

things like climate change when there are still climate

change deniers? How can we combat poverty when there

are people who profit from it? So then, I found out about

the Sustainable Development Goals which is this really big

fancy word for something extremely simple: there are

17 goals that the United Nations, a hundred and something

countries, come together to discuss: ok so what 17 goals

do we need, as a whole, the whole world, every country,

to make the world better? To create a sustainable future

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