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.

Anna: I graduated from Fashion design

(Womenswear) at Central Saint Martins,

but I would say my work has always

stemmed from a more fine art based

approach. I work between video,

performance, installation and photography,

but always keeping fashion and garments

as my central ‘medium’ and subject.

I am interested in the social role that

clothing plays in day to day life; how

garments act as the interfaces between the

private body and public realms, mediating

our everyday encounters. Fashion design

can therefore effectively be used to shape

these and explore social concepts.

As opposed to the static flat images

associated with fashion, I am more

interested in the bodily experience

of wearing clothes. Focussing on the active

dialogue between body and garment

in movement, their reciprocal relationship

and impact of touch on one another, I

discover performative moments

and situations.

What drew you to take part in 21st Faith?

How is faith important to you and your

practice?

I feel that this is such a refreshing way

to think about a concept that is not so

outwardly discussed in today’s society,

but is such an imminent part of it.

Raising attention to it through an artistic

discussion is such an interesting way

to vocalise new and varying viewpoints

and understandings of what we consider

this part of human nature to represent.

It is also important that we are

a group of young creatives talking about

this subject, as our generation can bring

a new approach to such topics that are

in need of a fresh outlook.

I find that faith plays an important role

in mine and any artist’s work. Carrying

a belief in one subject that inspires you

so much that you can rigorously devote

your time to researching and exploring

it endlessly, resonates with the way I work

as a form of faith. Sometimes one simple

detail or movement, can inspire a whole

body of work for me.

Furthermore, faith plays an intrinsic

part to my practice as my work is largely

about people, and their social relations

and experiences. Faith is a common

denominator between all social groups,

and something relevant to everybody’s

experience of art.

What role do you think faith will play in

the 21st century?

I think as more uncertainty

and unsettlement is rising in our current

times - socially, politically, environmentally

- to have faith, a strong belief in something,

whatever it is, will become more visibly

important as a way to keep us grounded.

It gives people something to hold on to,

provides hope in the most desperate

of situations, and brings people together

when other things divide them.

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