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

Edward: Somewhere between the gravehanging

Merseyside skies and a vulgar

bedsit for three in Deptford sits a silent

somebody, squeezed in between the frank

and stout little pages of a dust collecting

iconic novel and a computer screen.

Displayed on the computer screen

is a collection of files marked:

‘Edward Green Submission #1’

‘Edward Green Submission #2’

…and so on. The files are leftovers from an

endless career (spanning only three years)

of images shot, developed, scanned and

hopefully, idealistically, sent to publications

across the country in vain. Inside the novel

(possibly a love story, possibly Betjeman’s

collected letters, possibly a cartoon)

a footnote reads: ‘Become a plumber’.

Edward Green was born in Liverpool

in 1996 and currently studies Media &

Communications at Goldsmiths, University

of London. His socially conscious work,

which celebrates banal, beautiful

and surreal aspects of public life,

has been exhibited in galleries across

the capital.

What drew you to take part in 21st Faith?

How is faith important to you and your

practice?

Faith, in my opinion, is a word tragically

out of fashion. The quickening demise

of religious conviction amongst westerners

is evident not only in the pews

of the local Methodist church but also

in the playground discourses of a new

generation; faith is not being taken

seriously. Rebecca’s concept is therefore

tremendously important in engaging

people and inciting opinions on a matter

which, quite frankly, used to be the most

important aspect of almost EVERYBODY’S

lives.

Those hushed, restless murmurs

of anger and despair at unfortunate

events in all of our lives must be directed

somewhere. Who do we beg to for luck?

Who do we curse in the sky? For theists

this is a God. But what, or who is it for

a new generation of narcissistic nonbelievers?

Is it Facebook algorithms?

Is it the Chairman of Burnley Football Club?

Is it ourselves? Is it the person with

the largest Instagram following?

I hope that my photography work is able

to address some of these questions in

an original and aesthetic manner.

What role do you think faith will play in

the 21st century?

None whatsoever, unfortunately.

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