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The Invisible
faith as a phenomenon


The Invisible has disappeared. It has vanished, and ended up outside of our field of vision. Driven towards clarity, those left behind find themselves in an enduring state of turmoil with questions asked and no answers found. In search for what they have lost, an uncertainty haunts their quests to unravel the unknown.

The Invisible: faith as a phenomenon, takes the form of a poetic visual novel with a confounding narrative; the 1986 unresolved disappearance of sixteen year-old K. in the south of London. It records factual and fictional aspects of the case, in reflection to the ongoing search lead by A. who still longs to see her now-assumed forty five year-old brother.
In the novel, a mystical tale from the mountains of Sinai is interwoven with the narrative. Through clues, hints and hidden analogies, the project questions the relationship between seeing, searching and believing. It explores our dependency on sight, its necessity in conducting a search and the inevitable need for an image to what remains invisible.

Here, the pursuit of A. to have a glimpse of the unknown is an example exploring the paradoxical notion of faith; a curious aspect of the human condition. Its fragility and strength collide in the interplay between the real and the imagined, for it places a blind trust in an unprovable invisibility.
The Invisible: faith as a phenomenon is the main book where all the parts of the project come together, revolving around K.'s disappearance as a narrative interwoven with poetic verses on the journey of searching for the invisible.

The Search for the Invisible in a Space of Infinite Possibilities I and II are two smaller books, one acts as a research artefact where the phenomenon of missing persons is addressed through archive images and literature. the second documents A.'s search for clues, where the line between fact and fiction is blurred in photographs provoking a search within their frames.

1. The Night of Disappearance : this booklet recreates the details of the case through aftermath landscape photography.
2. The Missing Town : this booklet documents the effect of time on the town K. once knew, by looking at archived imagery. 3. The Lost Letters : this booklet compiles the posts that A. wrote to her brother over the past four years on social platforms. 4. The Duality of the Unknown : this booklet focuses on the police approach in handling missing persons cases, while highlighting the dualism in the state of not knowing. 5. The 20th Century Mispers : this booklet puts together unresolved cases of disappearance in London and their appeals. 6. The Face as an Image : this booklet reflects on the use of age progressed imagery and its necessity to the search for the disappeared. 7. The Eyewitness : this booklet contains over 40 witnesses to what happened that night, yet none will ever speak, reflecting on the fact that no sighting of K. has ever surfaced since 1986.
As a child, A. was not allowed to participate in the search that night, in fear of what might be found. After school, she would wait for him in the parky near by. After her parents passed away, A. resumed their search in finding her now-assumed adult brother. She has met with psychics, many of them have speculated the taste of water, a reference to drowning. She realised that K. could not be recognized now, and has acquired an age-progressed photograph of him in the age of 30.

Posters appealing to him show his computer-generated face, along with the description of what he was last wearing that night 29 years ago. Not only K. has disappeared, his town has completely altered.
At 20:40, K. walked out of his house, to buy some eggs from the local store. The house is not his family's anymore. The store is not a store anymore. The police station where his father reported him missing has been abandoned. Even his school has been demolished more than 15 years ago. No sightings of him have been reported ever since, yet his sister is still searching, while writing him on social platforms in hopes that he might read her letters.

White male, brown eyes, hazel-brown hair. 5ft 10, slim built. Last seen on Sunday, 2nd March, 1986, wearing a red, white and black Lacoste Bomber Jacket, blue jeans, grey scarf and Hi-tec trainers.



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.I.
THE EYEWITNESS
THAT DID AND DID NOT SEE

Geography literally means 'earth description'. It is a science of the specific and the exact. A map was seen as a symbolic, geometric exact representation of a space. A photographic map, however holds within it the exactitude of the medium; the duplication of the real. Here, geography fails in representation as the real itself is missing. The current map is not exact to the town where K. disappeared. It is exact, however, to a town where the imagined age progressed K. might be. The path the boy walked has still the same buildings, streets' cement, and Thames water running underneath it, yet the exact path itself is unknown; only an exact start point and an imagined end point. The truth lies in the in-between which is forever inaccessible. THE EYEWITNESS was the first explored aspect of the project. It focuses on A.'s frustration in finding no witnesses to what has occured that night. No one have seen K. in the streets that night, the staff at the store did not recall seeing his face that night, and the CCTV cameras they had were not functioning. A. insists that someone must have seen or heard something. The search for K. who has aged just like his town did, is still ongoing. For traces of the past might have lingered, making the town a potential eyewitness. Yet nothing is certain.

The only truth is that the schoolboy walked out of his house that night. The photographs above act as potential eyewitnesses; they belong to both the real and the imagined. Their chances of having been silent witnesses to K.'s disappearance are both high and low. Nothing is certain. They are collected in a black box, a metaphor for the state of uncertainty. Upon opening the box, we are not provided with clarity and instead we are confronted with the mystery itself. All routes he might have taken to reach the store become possibilities, and fact and fiction become equivalent. The photographs hold within the duality of seeing and not seeing; an incertidue mirroring the duality in K.'s mere existence. This state remains as long as this remains a cold case.



.II.
THE SEARCH FOR THE INVISIBLE
IN A SPACE OF INFINITE POSSIBILITIES


In this vast world, people sometimes people get lost, disappear and end up absent from the field of vision. An absent person is someone who is not present at a place where they are expected or required to be. However, not every absent person is missing. It takes two for someone absent to become missing. You are only missing if there is someone searching for you. Once a Missing Person Report is submitted to the Police authorities, the absent person acquires a state of dualism, of an absent presence. There is nothing certain about the missing anymore as their physical being is invisible, in a sealed black box. They are both nowhere and everywhere. Only the body -moving or still- would prove either their presence or absence; only one state and never the two: an equivalent to opening Schrödinger's box, and finding the cat either dead or alive. To keep searching for the invisible is may be comparable to a devoted act of dowsing. The search for ground water without the use of scientific methods, is a 15th century practice that relies on random chance; or pure divination. Here, the frustrating search for K. is explored in the following photographic series. The Taste of Water is a search for the imagined that might be waiting, in spite of time, to be discovered. It highlights the inevitable uncertainty that haunts the search for K. who is both 16 and 45 years old, both everywhere and nowhere. A. was told by numerous psychics that they felt the taste of water; implying an act of drowning. This might be of no relevance to a police investigation, but for someone who is considering everywhere and nowhere, it is a clue. If all places in land are of equal probability, only now can the scope be reduced -in search of water.

The photographs above do not claim that K. is to be found within their frames, yet they offer an invitation to participate in the search. Partially hidden under threads of similar colours to what K. was wearing, they depict the psychics divination. To touch and move the threads is an attempt to see what is beyond, however only to reveal the surface of water; the purest barrier of sight. Uncertainty haunts all lakes around K.'s house, for the worst unknown might and might not be hiding bellow sight.



.III.
THE BOOKS




  • 1/10 | The Invisible | 1/5

  • 1/10 | The Invisible | 2/5

  • 1/10 | The Invisible | 3/5

  • 1/10 | The Invisible | 4/5

  • 1/10 | The Invisible | 5/5

  • 2/10 | The Search for the Invisible I | 1/4

  • 2/10 | The Search for the Invisible I | 2/4

  • 2/10 | The Search for the Invisible I | 3/4

  • 2/10 | The Search for the Invisible I | 4/4

  • 3/10 | The Search for the Invisible II | 1/5

  • 3/10 | The Search for the Invisible II | 2/5

  • 3/10 | The Search for the Invisible II | 3/5

  • 3/10 | The Search for the Invisible II | 4/5

  • 3/10 | The Search for the Invisible II | 5/5

  • 4/10 | The Night Of Disappearance | 1/3

  • 4/10 | The Night Of Disappearance | 2/3

  • 4/10 | The Night Of Disappearance | 3/3

  • 5/10 | The Missing Town | 1/3

  • 5/10 | The Missing Town | 2/3

  • 5/10 | The Missing Town | 3/3

  • 6/10 | The Lost Letters | 1/3

  • 6/10 | The Lost Letters | 2/3

  • 6/10 | The Lost Letters | 3/3

  • 7/10 | The Eyewitness | 1/3

  • 7/10 | The Eyewitness | 2/3

  • 7/10 | The Eyewitness | 3/3

  • 8/10 | The Duality of the Unknown | 1/3

  • 8/10 | The Duality of the Unknown | 2/3

  • 8/10 | The Duality of the Unknown | 3/3

  • 9/10 | The 20th Century Mispers | 1/2

  • 9/10 | The 20th Century Mispers | 2/2

  • 10/10 | The Face as an Image | 1/2

  • 10/10 | The Face as an Image | 2/2



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The Invisible

faith as a phenomenon