Encounters is a groundbreaking project by Nicola Green in collaboration with global religious leaders
Green spent a decade travelling the world, witnessing and chronicling developments in interfaith dialogue. From the most intimate private meetings, to the biggest global summits, from the UK to Italy, Israel, Egypt, Qatar, India, and the United States. She has had the privilege to meet with Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Zoroastrian, Sikh, Baha’i, Jain, Confucian, Humanist, Shinto, and indigenous leaders. Along the way, she won the confidence of figures including former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, Pope Francis, former Grand Mufti of Egypt Ali Gomaa, Emeritus Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and the Dalai Lama.
Green observed that these leaders were contributing to a new era in our collective history - in that they were beginning to publicly articulate their respect for other faiths without undermining the absolute truth of their own beliefs.
During this time, Green took thousands of photographs, and made countless drawings and notes, visually recording what most were unable to put into words. This resulted in Encounters, and Green is proud to be the first artist in history to depict all the world’s major religions together, and without hierarchy.
Encounters is a visual exploration of difference: how do people of different beliefs, or none, communicate and reconcile their strongly held and, sometimes, opposing views? How do we think about those we consider wholly ‘other’ to ourselves, and how does this shape our own identity?