Sounds of Belief - 2016 - New Art Exchange, Nottingham

The project was inspired by Fayrouz's experience of living in Hyson Green for one year. Struck by the diversity of spiritual groups in the area, she was inspired to explore the unique sounds through which belief is expressed, whilst also identifying the commonalities across practices.

Statistically the Hyson Green area of Nottingham is one of the most culturally and religiously diverse areas of the UK, with substantial and varied branches of Jewish, Sikh, Hindu,  Muslim, Christian and Buddhist communities co-existing within this relatively small area.

 

The sounds of the different forms of group worship hold a unique place in the community; they are simultaneously public, in that they are created in communal spaces of each faith community, yet private, in that such sounds are not heard openly on the streets, (as they would be in some countries). The location of the sounds creation in some ways reflects the practice of faith - simultansouely a private and public act.

 

By drawing the sounds of these different communities together and presenting them in a location to which they are unfamiliar, the Central Gallery at New Art Exchange, offers for these privately public sounds to be made entirely public. New Art Exchange is a contemporary arts space in Nottingham that celebrates the region's cultural richness and diversity. The exhibition was held at the largest gallery in the UK dedicated to culturally diverse contemporary visual arts, from the 9th of April till the 15th of May 2016. By combining different sound sources into new combinations Sounds of Belief invites the listener to consider the psychogeography of Hyson Green from a perspective of faith practices. And to sonically imagine what happens behind the doors and walls of the area.

 

The listener might only pass through the installation for a matter of seconds, or stop and contemplate, but within that duration they might encounter either a singular faith sound, or a transition between faith sounds. They may be struck by that which is familiar or strange to them. A community of voices, constrasted with a solo prayer, local accents speaking unfamilar texts, unknown languages singing in ways that seem familiar.

Edit of sounds from Sounds of Belief