IMAGING FAITH EXHIBITION





"Complex and beautiful... Revelatory" The Times, UK (****)

“A uniquely profound and moving comment on timely aspects of the human condition... Mesmerizing” Now Magazine, Toronto

"A hypnotic, tranquil reflection on the importance of religion in today's society"
Rosie Lesso, The List, Edinburgh (****)

Imaging Faith centres on Faith, a film triptych which intimately observes the act of worship of the three monotheistic religions in Jerusalem. Set in the wilderness of the Holy Land – the historically significant landscapes of the Judean desert, far from the built and contested territories – an Orthodox Jew (Cohen descent), a Greek Orthodox Christian (Father, Church of Nativity) and a Sunni Muslim (Quran reader, Al Aqsa Mosque) perform their morning prayers. In time, their synchronous action reveals an uncanny similarity of inner state and gestural intention. Questioning segregation while celebrating difference, Faith contemplates issues of human belief, inviting reflection on one of the most tragic, world resonating conflicts that persist in this new century.

In the adjoining gallery a series of still images depict Rocamora’s experience of Jerusalem, culturally and politically contextualising the film triptych. A dedicated reading room provides a contemplative space in which contemporary thinkers (historians, theologians and philosophers, including Gil Anidjar, Mark Cauchi, Victoria Rocamora and Simon Critchley) have been invited to curate passages from seminal texts in response to the themes of the exhibition.

Isabel Rocamora is a British-Spanish artist whose films have been widely awarded and exhibited internationally. Recent shows include the Koffler Gallery, Toronto (solo); CCC Palazzo Strozzi, Florence; the National Museum of Photography, Copenhagen and the Bologna Museum of Modern Art. Imaging Faith presents the UK premiere of this new body of work by the Edinburgh-based artist as well as the first exhibition of her work in Scotland.



Curated by Holly Knox Yeoman.

Imaging Faith Special Events:


RSVP: info@summerhall.co.uk



Cultures of Prayer: Faith to Faith in Conversation

7 June, 19:00-21:00, Red Lecture Theatre
Panel discussion with Rev. Dr Harriet Harris, Rabbi David Rose and Sohaib Saeed. Chaired by Isabel Rocamora and curated by Neill Walker, director of Edinburgh International Centre for Spirituality and Peace.



Imaging Faith, Isabel Rocamora Artist Talk

9 July, 17:00-18:30, Red Lecture Theatre
Isabel Rocamora will offer insight into the making of her filmic and photographic works, closely discussing her creative process from thematic concerns through actual production. Chaired by philosopher of religion Mark Cauchi.



The exhibition will remain open until 22:00 (7 June) and 19.30 (9 July).


More information and reserve a place for special events here.




The exhibition and public engagement programme are supported by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland. The included works are supported by:






ISABEL ROCAMORA