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Sunday, 24 January 2016

'Lamentation for the Forsaken, 2016' and 'Stations of the Cross 2016'

St Stephen Walbrook will be a venue for the Stations of the Cross 2016 exhibition across London in 14 iconic destinations. Experience the Passion in a pilgrimage for art lovers during Lent 2016 (Feb 10 - March 28).

On the day he died, Jesus walked the Via Dolorosa through the streets of Jerusalem, a holy city for Jews, which would later become sacred to Christians and Muslims. Jesus’ journey is traditionally commemorated by the Stations of the Cross. Across the chasm of two thousand years, this tortured path resonates with current events for people of many faiths and cultures. In particular, it calls to mind the hazardous journeys of refugees from today’s Middle East.

This unique exhibition uses works of art to tell the story of the Passion in a new way, for people of different faiths. In this pilgrimage for art lovers, viewers will travel across London, mapping the geography of the Holy Land onto the streets of a ‘new Jerusalem.’

The Stations will weave through religious as well as secular spaces, from cathedrals to museums. The art on display will run the gamut from Old Master paintings to contemporary video installations. Artists will include Christians, Jews, Muslims, and atheists. Instead of easy answers, the Stations aim to provoke the passions: artistically, spiritually, and politically.

“Lamentation for the Forsaken”, 2016 by Michael Takeo Magruder, images copyright and courtesy of the artist (multi-layer digital print on clear acrylic, generated from the names of civilian casualties who have died during the present Syrian conflict digitally woven into an image negative of the Shroud of Turin - detail)
St Stephen Walbrook will host Station Thirteen, Michael Takeo Magruder’s Lamentation for the Forsaken, 2016. In this work, Takeo offers a lamentation not only for the forsaken Christ, but others
who have felt his acute pain of abandonment. In particular, Takeo evokes the memory of Syrians who have passed away in the present conflict, weaving their names and images into a contemporary Shroud of Turin. The Shroud, of course, is itself an image—an ‘icon’ in Pope Francis’ words—better
known by its photographic negative than its actual fabric. Takeo’s digital re-presentation participates in and perpetuates this history of reproduction. But the real miracle isn’t the Shroud itself, it’s our capacity to look into the eyes of the forsaken—and see our Saviour.

Two events at St Stephen Walbrook in this period will foster reflection on the themes of Takeo’s
  • 'Grief and Hope: reflecting on the refugee crisis’ will be an awareness raising event held at St Stephen Walbrook on Monday 15th February at 6.00pm. Takeo will speak about the motivations behind his installation and Dionne Gravesande, Head of Church Advocacy at Christian Aid, will speak about the refugee crisis and the work which Christian Aid is doing with partners in the ACT Alliance and other agencies to support practical and political action to help those fleeing, and address the longer term issues.
  • ‘Discover & explore: Soul’ will be a service of musical discovery at St Stephen Walbrook on Monday 21st March at 1.10pm. This service will explore the themes of Takeo’s installation through music and liturgy together with the Choral Scholars of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Dr Carolyn Rosen (ordinand at Westcott House), Jonathan Evens and Sally Muggeridge (ministers at St Stephen Walbrook). This service will be followed by an open discussion with Michael Takeo Magruder.
Visitors can take the full Stations of the Cross tour, which includes free entry to St Paul’s and the Tower, by downloading maps and podcasts from the project website (, along with a new app which will launch on 10 February. Details about an interfaith pilgrimage and other associated events at the National GalleryThe Wallace Collection, and churches across London are available on the website. Donations will be collected online and in person for Syrian refugees.

For more information - web: Twitter: @Stations2016L. Email:

The exhibition is supported by King’s College London, Cambridge Inter-faith Programme, Coexist House, and Art & Sacred Places.

Locations: King’s College London, Parliament Square, Methodist Central Hall, Westminster Cathedral, Wallace Collection, Cavendish Square, National Gallery, Notre Dame de France, The Barbican and St Giles Cripplegate, Salvation Army HQ, St Paul’s, Tower of London, St Stephen Walbrook, Temple Church.

Old and Modern Masters: Jacopo Bassano, Eric Gill, Jacob Epstein, Jean Cocteau. Contemporary Artists: Bill Viola, Philip Jackson, Terry Duffy, Roland Biermann, Michael Takeo Magruder, Güler Ates, James Balmforth, Leni Dothan, Guy Reid, Hannah Habibi.

Curators: Dr. Aaron Rosen: Lecturer in Sacred Traditions & the Arts, King’s College London. Author of Art & Religion in the 21st Century (Thames & Hudson, 2015). Mr. Terry Duffy: Artist with exhibits in London, Paris, Berlin, New York, Cape Town. Shown during Liverpool Biennial & Venice Biennale.


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