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. 

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The Just Shall

Live By Faith,

by Nicole Leblanc.

As an officially Christian nation, in the Bahamas faith isn’t just a formality,

but an intricate part of government and daily life. Christianity is named as the country’s

founding religion, and 20 Christian denominations have active churches throughout

the country of 350,000 residents.

The form of a place of faith can often reveal much about the area, when separated

from the grand institution of the Church, how do the constraints of geography, money,

labour and architecture shape the way people practice faith?

21st Faith: Tell us about you and your

practice

Nicole: I was born in the Bahamas

in 1994, and my British and Bahamian

heritage informs my work, using the

photographic image to document the space

between these two places. I find that the

confrontation of the separate environments

gives light to complex interdependencies,

informing the way I understand how

to create objects and images.

What drew you to take part in 21st Faith?

How is faith important to you and your

practice?

As a non-religious person, what drew me

to take part in 21st Faith was simply an

interest in the role religion plays in our

society. I believe that faith is a powerful

engine of hope, and acts as a source

of stability for people who experience

a lot of uncertainty. Using photography

to document houses of faith, allows me

to understand the nature of faith

in my community.

What role do you think faith will play in

the 21st century?

I believe that faith will play an extremely

important role in the 21st Century, just as

it always has, and like it always will.

As much as we would like to think that

science and logic explains the way we

behave and what we do, it often ignores

the fact that humans are spiritual beings,

and that we want more then just material

gains. We do not make decisions just based

of self interest, but also of a set of beliefs,

of what we feel is truthful.

Nicole: nicoleleblanc.net, nicoleleblanc10@gmail.com, @ _nicoleleblanc 45