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

Patrick: The grit and glamour of cities

intrigue me. Examples of the man-made

world of urban landscapes, spaces

and mechanically constructed objects

are abundant in my practice. I am attracted

to the stories that are told through the old

and new fabric of human developments.

I weave into my work on urban landscapes

the people who are its inhabitants, and

whose lives are shaped in part by their

environment. In spite of the bustle of

the metropolis, I often find tranquillity

roaming around London, my home city,

and other spaces. I aim to portray real life

debates that question our present and

future world, often in contrast to the past.

Man-made and natural aspects of the urban

landscape are often the antithesis of one

another. My work stems from these and

other ideas. Photography, installation,

film and painting are among the media

that I use. The camera is my most used tool,

yet I am not always satisfied with just the

image. I feel the need to experiment

in mixed media, and new techniques.

I want to push boundaries.

What drew you to take part in 21st Faith?

How is faith important to you and your

practice?

I was drawn to take part in the 21st Faith

project because the word faith has such

a wide-ranging meaning. Faith can be seen

as a confidence or trust in something,

for instance the religious belief in the faith

of god. The certainty that revolved around

religious faith had been questioned and

proved wrong by scientific discovery but

nonetheless, blind faith in religion persists.

It brings solace to some, subjugates many,

and polarises communities. For many

of us, however, faith may be the belief

in ideals such as peace or equality, or in

a system such as ‘capitalism’ which has

been a magnet to aspiring entrepreneurs,

and to those whose ambitions lie in

consumerism, glamour and greed.

For some the faith is to rise from the gutter

and land in the glitter.

Faith can be in something illusory.

Once this is uncovered 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 altered. The faith I once had in

the glamour dissipated as I realised it was

a chimera. Something real, solid and more

egalitarian is worth building faith around.

As much of my work illustrates both the

illusion and its destruction, participating

in 21st Faith has resonance for me.

What role do you think faith will play in

the 21st century?

I would like to think of a future where

mankind could find common ground

and turn away from a faith that pits culture,

religion, and groups against one another.

Sadly, the current climate in many parts

of the world are showing no signs of this.

Young people in Britain are demanding

a greater voice as their needs have so often

been ignored. The same is true of the poor,

whose needs have been blatantly labelled

as not worth bothering about. We should

be able to enjoy good things. Culture,

food, possessions, sport and the aesthetic

qualities of life without a need to be

in a club which excludes those who do not

share whatever the faith may be.

I think faith will have both positive and

destructive effects in the 21st century. There

are politicians, and communities with such

differing views that clashes between two

parties is unavoidable. Although this may

be so, I hope for a world with the complete

belief or faith in peace.

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