Sixteen – A Portrait of Faith

A major touring exhibition involving leading contemporary photographers who joined forces to present the multimedia project Sixteen, exploring the dreams, hopes and fears of sixteen-year olds across the UK. Funded by a National Lottery grant from Arts Council England Sixteen toured the UK, starting in February 2019 with exhibitions in North West England and at FORMAT19 in Derby.

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In ‘A Portrait of Faith’, Roberts created a series of video portraits of individuals in their place of worship. His sitters (representing Anglicanism, Roman Catholicism, Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism, Judaism, Baptist, Coptic Christian and Judaism) each pose for the camera for several minutes, remaining as still as possible in a similar fashion to mid-19th century photographic portraits. They are filmed in vertical format for HD plasma flat screen monitors and sized at a near 1:1 relationship between viewer and subject. Initially the portraits appear as still photographs, however, on closer inspection the viewer can see subtle movements in the sitter, such as a blink of the eye or tilt of the head. These long portraits become simultaneously mesmerising and unnerving.

Alongside the portrait each individual offers a short monologue where they talk about their current life situation, their hopes, dreams and fears for the future.

Details of the touring schedule for the rest of 2019 and 2020 can be viewed here.