Imkejjen u Rkejjen
Author: Kristina Borg
Language: English and Maltese
Paperback: 158 pages
Dimensions: 148 x 210 mm
Available at Kixott’s Bookshop, Mosta
Imkejjen u Rkejjen* book is a result of the long-term project No Man’s Land (2018) by artist Kristina Borg.
No Man’s Land deals with the politics of land and sea in Malta’s Grand Harbour and Marsamxett Harbour areas. Thirteen localities–Kalkara to Valletta, Valletta to Sliema–each demarcated by its set of borders, surround this coastal area.
*’Imkejjen’ is the plural form of ‘mkien’ meaning ‘place’, but denoting also a sense of spatial and territorial abstraction of ‘somewhere, nowhere’. It is derived from the word ‘kien’ meaning ‘to be’ or ‘to come into existence’. ‘Rkejjen’ is the plural form of ‘rokna’ meaning ‘corner’, and in the context of this project it also refers to the ‘spaces-in-between’. Hence, the Maltese title Imkejjen u Rkejjen can be considered as an interpretation and a twist on ‘nooks and crannies’.