Zuntier, the church parvis, is the last place before entering into a church. The hub of local village life not too long ago, it remains a meeting point where our beliefs and ambiguities are played out. It is, after all, the place where believers celebrate holy feasts yet it is still the place where they sell lottery tickets, and where Maltese – irrespective of their beliefs – congratulate the newly-weds yet also mourn with those who have lost a dear one.
Through this project, therefore, we hope to reflect on what it is to be human today and to question our convictions and contradictions alike. It is telling the word zuntier comes from the word zimtier, a churchyard, or a cemetery. Zuntier seems to be the space that might be where we came from and where we will end up. In between we seek to be challenged, and in turn, challenging!