Faith in Suburbia: a Shared Photographic Journey at London Gunnersbury Park Museum

By Culture24 Reporter | 12 March 2013

Exhibition preview: Faith in Suburbia: a Shared Photographic Journey, Gunnersbury Park Museum, London, until June 30 2013

A photo of a Hindu deity in gold form with an orange dress and colourful beads on it
Participants take pictures at Our Lady and St Joseph Catholic Church as part of the Faith in Suburbia exhibition© Faith in Suburbia / UCL
United from different faiths in the West Ealing and Hanwell communities, six senior citizens with no prior photographic experience came under Liz Hingley’s wing for this wander through different worships.

A photo of a Hindu deity in gold form with an orange dress and colourful beads on it
A Hindu goddess at the Shri Kanaga Thurkkai Amman Hindu Temple© Faith in Suburbia / UCL
Introduced by University College Geographer Dr Claire Dwyer, the award-winning lead photographer ultimately created six banners representing each faith, from a pair of churches and an Islamic Centre to a Liberal Synagogue and a Sikh Centre.

“If other people did this, it could bring the world together,” says Ram, a participant from the Shri Kanaga Thurkkai Amman Hindu Temple.

“Visiting the mosque and the Sikh temple and other places of worship has opened my eyes – it has broadened my mind in many ways.”
  
For her part, Dwyer – whose studies explore faith and migration in suburbia – hopes the banners offer historical perspectives and act as a catalyst for interfaith interaction between visitors.

  • Open 11am-4pm. Admission free.
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