This work sits ambiguously between art and journalistic media practice. It consists of a collection of twenty-four* very intimate stories that share a common belief and aspire to a singular desire - that of becoming one with God. Through a series of interviews recorded in the language of television, the installation brings to light a group of people who want to share with the viewer their personal encounter with God; experiences that led to their fostering of a deep and intense spiritual oneness with their maker. Aspiring to restore the Johanniterkirche to its original function of a place of prayer and worship through an intervention on the space conducive to prayer and meditation, the work presents these individuals' constant search for an intimate truth and places the viewer in the middle of this experience - on the one hand experiencing the overpowering spiritual ambiance of the installation, and on the other, interpreting the printed transcripts of the individual stories as told by the testimonies. The viewer therefore becomes the arbiter of faith, opting to either blindly accept the reality of the stories and succumb to the intensity of the ambiance or alternately question the verity of such realities.
AMEN NEMMEN is a work that addresses the fine line between faith and doubt. It invites the viewer to either become one with the testimonies who have gone through a second baptismal cleansing so to speak, (as inspired by the same church's patron, St John the Baptist) and initiate a process of self-involvement and interaction with the piece or alternately detach from any form of emotional engagement through disbelief and walk away. The level of viewer engagement with the work therefore is put to test and becomes subservient to one's devotional belief.
* The word 'Amen' appears twenty-four times in the Old Testament. 'Nemmen' is the Maltese word for 'I believe'.