Negotiating the everyday sacred: Community and public engagement through visual and material practices

Cuch, Laura. 2018. 'Negotiating the everyday sacred: Community and public engagement through visual and material practices'. In: 'Working with: participatory approaches in researching religions, spiritualities, and faith’, RGS-IBG Annual Conference 2018. Cardiff, United Kingdom 28-31 August 2018. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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In this presentation I examine the different visual approaches to community and public engagement of my practice-based doctoral research, where I use photography and film to explore the relationship between food, faith and everyday material practices of different faith communities in the suburbs West London (a Synagogue, a Sri Lankan Hindu Temple, a mosque, a Sikh Gurdwara, an Anglican church, a multicultural Roman Catholic church and an ethnically diverse Pentecostal church). The main practice element of my research, Spiritual Flavours, is a collaborative arts project resulting in a 'multi-faith' short film and a photo cookbook. Additionally, I collaborated with the Hindu temple in the production of a site-specific photographic exhibition, and with the mosque for the production of a community photo book, both showcasing my visual research within these communities. Here, I discuss the processes of exchange and legitimisation of my visual practice within these communities, as well as the tensions between the artistic, academic and community interests/expectations at play in the production of visual arts artefacts for public engagement.

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Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)


community, multi-faith, participatory, public engagement, material practices, visual practice, food

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Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Media, Communications and Cultural Studies


31 August 2018Completed

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Cardiff, United Kingdom

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28-31 August 2018

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01 Dec 2023 10:47

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01 Dec 2023 10:47


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