Looking at the work of Sergey Shutov and the way he merges cultures together to display the peaceful co existence of religions inspired me. His work Abacus involved audio of a mixutre of prayers. This prompted me to explore how I can use this to display Islamaphobia and fear of the ‘other’.
Considering that Christianity is the predominant religion in the UK and the existence of Islamaphobia, I wanted to play on the constant battle that is evident between the both and also draw on the fact that many Christians find themselves converting to Islam.
Before coming to the final version, I played around with various prayers, finding two that depicted the struggle that is met, which led to the title Contention. The sound piece is 3 minutes 33 seconds.