At the most recent Forum seminar on 10 November 2010 three speakers, Liz Hingley, Mohammed ‘aerosol’ Ali and Chris Shannahan presented papers on the theme ‘Picturing Faith in the City’. For the first time the presentations have been recorded as pod-casts and are now available below as resources for other people to draw upon.
Liz Hingley (documentary photographer, London)
Liz Hingley intimately documents political and social issues, with a particular interest in alternative modes of community living. She is currently working on the project ‘Under Gods’ in Paris which explores multi faith suburban communities. Liz graduated from Brighton University with a first class BA Honours in Editorial Photography in 2007. She recently completed a two-year scholarship with Fabrica research and communications department in Italy. Liz is now for studying for her MA in Social Anthropology at University College London, alongside working on projects with the Royal Society of Arts.
Mohammed ‘Aerosol’ Ali (graffiti artist, Birmingham)
The Art of Mohammed Ali has been taken across the globe and described as challenging the oft-heard term 'clash of civilisations' with his fusion of street-art and islamic script, along with his conscious messages. It was after his new-found passion and rediscovery of his faith in Islam, that he began to fuse his graffiti-art with the grace and eloquence of sacred and Islamic script and patterns. He describes his work as, 'taking the best of both worlds.' and bringing back to the forefront principles that are gradually fading away from our modern societies.