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. 

21st Faith: Tell us about you and your

practice. What drew you to take part in 21st

Faith? How is faith important to you and

your practice? What role do you think faith

will play in the 21st century?

Yusta: I have never had an organized faith,

though born into an officially Christian

‘Church of England’ state; religious faith

has gradually faded from my bloodline

and in truth I have never truly interacted

with this aspect of my country’s culture.

It manifested itself in pseudo-religious

holidays such as Christmas or Easter, times

to express community and family, yet also

these are times co-opted by consumerism.

The classification of England by a religion

also fail represent the many other faiths

that exist in tandem in England. Religious

faith is a concept that I have always found

conflicting, it has both brought people

together and torn them apart

in all iterations. In my work I hope to

explore further how different forms of

faith can co-exist and strengthen one

another whilst not losing their identity in

the process. In my work exploring the city,

conflict and tension are ever present,

but I believe, not insurmountable.

However faith does not represent

religion alone. It manifests itself in all parts

of life, and is often experienced as an

emotion that as a fixed concept. We have

faith in one another, in community, family

and the future. Many people, especially

in the western world, have lost connection

with their religion. How can it be replaced?

Political apathy and mistrust are strong,

many people feel in Britain feel that they

have been betrayed by the ruling elite,

that they cannot trust these people

and thus can there cannot be faith.

Though I had a childhood where the

Internet existed on the fringe, in my

adolescent years social media began

growing exponentially as a social force.

As first it seemed as though it could

connect us all, but as it has been said

‘Technology allows us to keep in touch

whilst keeping as a distance.’ While I feel

this to be true, there are also many that

found faith in communities online, where

technology allowed them to reconnect with

faith where it lacked in the rest of their life.

Community in the urban fabric has also

increasingly been broken down. People

learnt to stay inside and to mistrust their

neighbor, moving house every few years,

as so gated communities and faceless glass

high-rises grow around them.

Where can we find faith in today’s

world, if not in a system of religion, politics

or community? I believe faith comes from

the fact that so many others have also

asked the same question. That despite all

of the forces that seek to degrade our faith,

we still search for it. Faith, for me,

is something that exists outside of any

system or classification. Our society

changes and familiar institutions disappear,

we find that we are different from one

another in so many ways. Yet I believe that

if we communicate with one another we

can find new ways to affirm our faith. Art is

one of many ways in which this discussion

can be begin and be expressed. Technology

is an unstoppable force at this point, the

idea of going back to some internet free

world is a dream.

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