7 March – 2 April 2011
hingley_280“I grew up as the daughter of two Anglican priests in Birmingham, one of the UK’s most culturally diverse cities, where people from over 90 different nationalities live. I was the only white child in my nursery class, I ate Indian treats at friends’ birthday parties and attended Sikh festivals in the local park. After living in various cities I became aware of the particularity of my upbringing and developed an interest in multi-faith communities.” – Liz Hingley

HOST Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of photographs by Liz Hingley, which document and celebrate the rich diversity of religions that coexist in Soho Road, Birmingham, and the reality and intensity of the different lifestyles.

Hingley lived with and visited the different religious communities, including Thai, Sri Lankan and Vietnamese Buddhists, Rastafarians, the Jesus Army evangelical Christians, Sikhs, Catholic nuns and Hare Krishnas. Under Gods is an investigation into what the people on the street believe their religion to be, rather than what is prescribed by religious leaders or by the texts. At a time when religion can breed unnecessary fear and prejudice through misunderstanding, this story is an attempt to reveal what it can bring to everyday, inner-city life.

About Liz Hingley
Liz Hingley 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. She is now for studying for her MA in Social Anthropology at University College London. She is currently working on Under Gods in Paris.

For more Under Gods, see the Foto8 story presentation online (2010)

This exhibition has been made possible with the support of The Arts Council England, Openvizor, Fabrica and Split Records.