Barking exhibition aims to encourage visitors to embrace diversity
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A gallery owner is hoping her exhibition about faith and diversity will send a message to its visitors.
Cutting-edge artist Laura Iosifescu is hosting her first group show at Barking’s Laura I Gallery. It will display artwork from more than 30 artists to celebrate our differences and promote peace.
Codes of Faith includes a selection of sculptures, paintings, installations and poems all based on the individual artists’ personal beliefs, which vary from traditional religions to ideas about atheism and pagan spirituality.
“We want to send a message out to the world of what is possible,” Laura explained.
“The aim is to inspire you to understand the different cultures and their way of living.
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“We want to promote a closeness between them, especially with what is going on around the world.”
The artist, who created the world’s first dress made solely from paint, has organised the Abbey Road exhibition as part of her plan to try to “change the world” and people’s perceptions.
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“In a world where division is seemingly increasing, there is a need for more of us to come together to celebrate diversity,” Laura said.
“One of the early consequences of the recent Brexit vote has been to bring into sharp focus the social and cultural imbalance between people in our communities.
“This exhibition aims to get you to rejoice in exploring and deepening your relationship with your sacred side and your relationships with others.”
Laura, whose gallery has been visited by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, and the leader of the council, Cllr Darren Rodwell, since opening in September, is hoping to intrigue and engage visitors with her latest show.
“I am looking forward to seeing what the public’s views on the exhibition will be,” she added.
“This is the most important exhibition of the year, as it’s an important topic that had been in the news all year.”
The free exhibition opened on Saturday and continues until Friday next week. Opening hours are 11am to 6pm daily except Sunday.