“ACT OF FAITH” is the working title for the theme of the 2007 Noorderlicht Photofestival in the Netherlands. The event will occur in many locations from September 16 – October 28, 2007; image submissions for “Act of Faith, an international group exhibition (w/catalogue) are due March 1.
About the exhibition theme, from the website:
“In one guise or another, religion currently pervades discussion. In a fire fanned by fear of Islam, resorting to religion has become acceptable in the West, too. Faith is back with a vengeance – as a source of certainty and stability, a safe haven, a refuge with its own norms and values, closely connected with the idea of a closed society that is based on tradition and brotherhood. But what happens when this faith comes in contact with the surrounding world, an open society that is continually changing, based as it is on dialogue among various opinions? Untimately the separation of church and state is one of the basic principles of Western society, and a globalized world, with it free exchange of goods and ideas, is a source of heresy.
God and Allah, the vatican and Washington, holy scripture and the law books, global and local, love and resentment: The Norrderlicht Photofestival 2007 investigates what happens when faith meets the world around it, where the collisions of different value systems lead to friction.”
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