[photo docu, 2015]

The Invisible: Faith as a Phenomenon

The Invisible: faith as a phenomenon, takes the form of a poetic visual novel with a confounding narrative; the 1986 unresolved disappearance of 16 year-old K. in South London. It records factual and fictional aspects of the incident, in reflection to the ongoing search lead by K.’s sister, who still longs to see her now-assumed 45 year old brother. Her frustrating pursuit to have a glimpse of the unknown is here interwoven with a mystical tale from the mountains of Sinai.

“When Moses came at the appointed time and his Lord spoke to him, he asked, ‘My Lord! Reveal Yourself to me so that I may see You.’ He replied, ‘You cannot see Me! But look at the mountain, if it remains firm in its place, only then will you see Me.’ When his Lord manifested Himself, He made it collapse to dust, and Moses fell unconscious. When he woke he said, ‘Pure are You. I repent to You, and I am the first of the believers.’ ”

Through this analogy, the journey of searching and dowsing for the hidden becomes an example exploring the paradoxical notion of faith. Its fragility and strength collide in the interplay between the real and the imagined, for it places a blind trust in an unprovable invisibility. On the whole, the project thus reflects on the paradoxical relationships between seeing, searching, and believing. It reflects particularly on our dependency on sight, its necessity in conducting a search, and its implication on the authority of the photograph, which is inevitably needed even when seeking an invisible.