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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Chimera,

by Patrick Walker.

The Chimera project developed from a series of installations. The two previous works

were aimed at producing an insight into the conflict and inequality in the urban

environment of London. This third instalment follows the same pathway. In this case

I toured the metropolis in search of lavish new-builds that provide the owners of capital

with their aspirations for riches to dominate the skyline. Roaming through Vauxhall

and Canary Wharf to North Greenwich and West Silverton gave me an overview

on the capital city’s present-day ideas. What I found was the sight that is dominant

throughout the city, which is that of large glass monuments that idolise yet contradict

the idea of prosperity. This is a fabric of dreams for most, reality for a few. Behind

the façade there is no substance. The dream is a chimera. Faith appears exploited,

particularly when new developments sit on the sites of the homes, or places

of work of ordinary people displaced by the march of greed.

The Chimera project and the two previous series’ of works are aimed at portraying real

life debates that question our present and future world, often in contrast to the past.

I feel that art cannot be truly value-free. This compels me to visually display

my interpretation of what I have witnessed. Faith can be in something illusory.

Once this is shattered our own beliefs can be transformed. I have grown up living in

the city of London and its suburbs, experiencing both sides of its life. When I lived

in the suburbs the sensual lure of the shiny skyscrapers in the city was seductive.

Through witnessing the privatisation of space and the destruction of less privileged

communities, my view has been radically altered.

Patrick: patrickflannerywalker.com, @patrickflannerywalker