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. from south of London. It records factual and fictional aspects of the case, in reflection to the ongoing search by his sister who longs to see her now-assumed forty-six-year-old brother.
The handmade photobook collates 71 photographs, 17 reproduced documents and 12 manipulated found images. In this special edition, 6 stitched-over photographs are included, offering an invitation to participate in a search to reveal their frames. The interplay between the varied content mirrors the complexity of the cold case, and the frustration of searching for a loved one who has completely vanished.
Sara Sallam [born in Cairo 1991] is an Egyptian photographer, media artist and designer. She has pursued a BA in media design [with highest honours in 2013] from the German University in Cairo. During her bachelor studies, she has developed an interest in interdisciplinary research, and interactive non-linear narrative strategies. Sara has acquired an MA in photojournalism and documentary photography from the London College of Communication [with distinction in 2015], where she furthered her research on the philosophy of perception through a photo-documentary entitled ‘The Invisible’. Next to her documentary projects, she has worked in film editing, interface design and motion graphics in Berlin, Dubai, and Cairo.