AboutLead artists Sandra Hall and Mitra Memarzia have worked with communities to inform the design and creation of a powerful, interactive contemporary art installation.
Challenging pre-conceptions and asking questions Heardâ¦ And Not Seen is a thought-provoking project that provides space to enable people to meet and ask questions about faith, religion and spirituality.
Questioning how, as individuals, we talk to people of different faiths and cultures HANS is a high-quality, visible and accessible platform fusing installation with dialogue to open debate and, importantly, share knowledge.
In a city (Birmingham) with an almost majority ethnic population how can disparate groups of people come together for honest debate without being scared to ask challenging questions?
There is a clear need for ordinary people to discuss, express and enquire about aspects of daily Muslim and religious life in response to the climate of polarised media reporting. The project exists to invite people to ask questions with each other; the artists do not presume to have any definitive answers about faith, religion, spirituality; they believe these mean different things to different people. Instead the artists seek to activate dialogue and a journey of cross-cultural exploration with the spirit of exchange and collaboration underpinning the entire project.
The exhibition consists of a series of freestanding sculptures (pictured above) containing audio recordings, photographs and projections reflecting the wealth of material gathered. Visitors will be able to immerse themselves in the work and to reflect within the space.