In an aim to understand spiritual coping mechanisms, Dazed’s arts culture editor Ashleigh Kane has created Am I Making Sense? an exhibition focusing on our lust for unlocking our potential through the power of positive.
Ruth Ossai for Am I Making Sense?
While the practice of religion among young people continues to decline --- the latest British Social Attitudes survey's data on religion states that just 15 percent of us now regard ourselves as members of the Church of England --- it seems our belief in astrology and other forms of spiritual guidance is on the rise. Young people have increasingly been turning towards spirituality to process feelings of self-worth, self-love and self-care.
The exhibition --- the third instalment of a series of collaborative events with the newly formed Melissa Collective --- brings together photography, film, set design and sensory elements to immerse its visitors. Enter new worlds with artists Shon Faye, Elizabeth Gabrielle Lee, and Ruth Ossai and Ibrahim Kamara as they shine a light on the distinct make ups of our characteristics. "Through working with the artists, I've found these incredible threads between each installation, and I think everyone can take messages away from each, no matter their background." Said Ashleigh to BRICKS in an email.
Elizabeth Gabrielle Lee for Am I Making Sense?
“I really wanted to ensure we had a range of voices included in this show." She continues, "Identity is a fragile notion to a lot of us and many of us also struggle with the concept of self-love or self-acceptance. I’ve seen first-hand how alternative voices can empower the people who have long been silenced by the mainstream; those struggling with mental health issues, LGBTQ people, and non-white communities, to name a few.”
Melissa presents: ‘Am I Making Sense’ by Ashleigh Kane opens 3 November at Hoxton Arches, London.