An artist has created faceless portraits of religious leaders like His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Pope Francis, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, etc., for an exhibition called Encounters. This is the first such art in the history that all religious leaders of world has been shown together with equal status.
The portraits consist of 50 of the world’s leading religious leaders in an effort to address the celebrity status accorded to them. The collection is being displayed at the St Martin-in-the-Fields church in London’s Trafalgar Square. It will tour a series of international venues from December to March 2019.
The artist, Ms. Nicola Green explains that while many of the religious leaders in her portraits are celebrated as a celebrity, for instance, the Pope, but not everybody of course. The artist through her faceless portraits it is easier to think about yourself in relation to these leaders and through her exhibition, she hopes that people will take the message of hope.
“I would like to commend Nicola Green on her initiatives to promote religious harmony. Like her, I, too, believe that today’s leaders of various religious traditions are becoming more aware of the need for peaceful co-existence. I am confident that with more religious leaders actively involved in promoting religious harmony, we can all help in making this world a better place for everyone.” His Holiness the Dalai Lama has also praised Ms. Green’s efforts.