21st Faith


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. 


The Sustainable

Development Goals,

by Iara Monaco.

The theme of the exhibition was to interpret the role of faith in the 21st century.

My response to the brief was inspired by the role the church building had in medieval

Europe where it served as the centre of community activity. The church united the

people of the communities, helped communities grow and develop and made people live

harmoniously together through a shared set of values. I explored whether the Sustainable

Development Goals could represent a new opportunity for all of us to collaborate as one

species and unite behind a relatively simple- yet audacious- set of 17 goals in order to

co-create a thriving sustainable future for all of humanity and all of life.

21st Faith: Tell us about you and your


Iara: I have a background in graphic design

but with a current interest in international

development and humanitarian aid.

What drew you to take part in 21st Faith?

How is faith important to you and your


What role do you think faith will play in the

21st century?

We live in an interesting time where

religious fanaticism amongst young people

is diminishing yet at the same time people

are beginning to realise that we long for

something outside ourselves, something

transcendent, something “other” that can’t

be replaced by money, power, or fame.

I was interested in this project as faith is

a topic we don’t get to ponder on often in

a life full of distractions. My approach

to faith focuses on community and a shared

set of values that could potentially unite us

in purpose.

Iara: iaramonaco@gmail.com 91