‘Under Gods’ explores the everyday religious experiences of the complex and multifaceted communities that live around one road in Birmingham. The Soho Road is situated close to the urban centre of England’s second biggest city, where over 90 different nationalities now live. Between 2007 and 2009 Liz Hingley lived with and intimately documented over fifteen different religious communities, including Thai, Sri Lankan and Vietnamese Buddhists, Rastafarians, the Jesus Army evangelical Christians, Sikhs, Catholic nuns and Hare Krishnas.
Hingley’s poignant and thought-provoking images celebrate the cultural and religious diversity of Soho Road and speak about wider issues in contemporary urban experience, such as immigration, secularism and religious revival. At a time when religion is increasingly stereotyped as breeding fear and intolerance, this story reveals what it can bring to everyday inner-city life. What unites these photographs is a deep sense of human experience as the subjects and photographer work within the camera space. The exhibition comprises of photographs, objects and texts translated into five different languages. The book ‘Under Gods’, will accompany the exhibition.