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In God's House

In God’s House explores the sacred spaces of the rustbelt city of Utica, New York, once a thriving port on the Erie Canal and now a key refugee relocation center. In the midst of changing demographics, the buildings of bygone eras continue to be adapted by the current users that embody them. This documentary examines how religious groups have and have not changed, and reveals a resiliency across religious communities and a surprising flexibility with regard to the nature of each group’s notion of “sacred” space. Christians, Muslims, Jews, and Buddhists have worked with each other in the transformation of spaces, and this ability to adapt in the face of significant adversity ties together these diverse groups, and seems to stand as a hallmark essential for their survival.

  • Robert Knight
  • S. Brent Plate
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    51 minutes 1 second
  • Completion Date:
    February 10, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 USD
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    United States
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    United States
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Director Biography - Robert Knight

Robert Knight is Assistant Professor of Art at Hamilton College. Robert received an MFA in Photography from the Massachusetts College of Art & Design and a BA in Architecture and Economics from Yale University. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including at the Danforth Museum of Art in Massachusetts, Jen Bekman Gallery in New York, the LaGrange Museum in Georgia, The Bascom in North Carolina, the Houston Center for Photography in Texas, and at photography festivals in Nantes, Le Mans and Arles, France. Recent and upcoming solo exhibitions include Rated G at Gallery Kayafas, Boston, MA; In God’s House at the Munson Williams Proctor Art Museum; and Class of 2015 at the Wellin Museum of Art. Robert is represented by Gallery Kayafas, Boston, MA. His work is in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and other private collections.

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