722 – 481 BC is the title of the newest collaborative work from Faith 47 and Lyall Sprong of Thingking. This large mural, situated in the heart of Manchester’s northern district pays homage to human intimacy as well asserting support for LGBT rights. The mural is brought to life at night with a geometric light installation exploring shadows as not merely the absence of light. A symbolic interpretation of the ‘gay friendly area’ sign lights up on an adjacent wall.
This artwork forms part of the Cities of Hope Mural Project in which the work of each artist is matched to a local grassroots organisation. Faith's artwork serves as a potential catalyst for a dialogue between the Partisan collective in Manchester and the Triangle Project based in South Africa. The mural also forms part of Faith's ongoing series, 7.83hz. “Relationships rise and fall, societies blossom and crumble,” says faith47. “The profound connectedness between us creates and destroys life. We are sensitive and caring, yet at the same time vulnerable and cruel. The foundation of the 7.83hz project is recognising this duality as well as the profound weight of our interconnectedness”.
An internationally-acclaimed visual artist from South Africa, through her work Faith47 attempts to disarm the strategies of global realpolitik, in order to advance the expression of personal truth. In this way, her work is both an internal and spiritual release that speaks to the complexities of the human condition, its deviant histories and existential search.