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The Parachute Paradox
September 2016
Limited Edition of 1250 & 150 Artist Proofs
The Parachute Paradox offers narrative storytelling of the life of the Jerusalemite artist and his experiences under Israeli occupation and proposes a subject that is unprecedented in Palestinian literature: the liberation of the self and the homeland through the liberation of the imagination.

The Parachute Paradox tells the life story of artist Steve Sabella (*1975), who was born in Jerusalem’s Old City and raised under Israeli occupation. After living through both intifadas, being kidnapped in Gaza, and learning to navigate Palestinian and Israeli culture, he feels in exile at home.

For him, the occupation attaches each Palestinian to an Israeli, as if in a tandem jump. The Israeli is always in control, placing the Palestinian under threat in a never-ending hostage situation. He realizes he has two options: either surrender or unbuckle his harness.

Blurring fact and fiction, love and loss, the memoir traces one man’s arduous search for liberation from within, through a confrontation with his colonized imagination.

Fragments From Our Beautiful Future
    Steve Sabella & Rebecca Raue  
The Bumiller Collection, Berlin
Naunynstrasse 68,10997 Berlin-Kreuzberg
    May 18 - August 13, 2017  
Curated by A. S. Bruckstein House of Taswir.
    Purchase the exhibition catalogue here  

Watch the exhibition teaser here

Lady Dada Kalam
Kunsthaus KuLe
    Auguststrasse 10, Berlin Mitte  
June 22 - July 2, 2017
Curated by A. S. Bruckstein House of Taswir.
Athens Photo Festival - Photobook Exhibition
    Featuring Archaeology of the Future published by Maretti Editore  
Benaki Museum Pireos Annexe
    Pireos 138 & Andronikou, 118 54 Athens  
June 14 - July 30, 2017
NPR - Life in Berlin: 'The Parachute Paradox' Part One and Two
By Lily Kelting
    Jan 5th, 2017  
Interview of Steve Sabella (English)
    Listen to part two  
    On the Arab-Jew, Palestine, and Other Displacements.  

By Ella Shohat

    The Univeristy of Chicago Press Books  
    On the Arab-Jew, Palestine, and Other Displacements  
    "A rich intersectional past of Jerusalem, with its shared aesthetic of house and home by neighbors belonging to various religious and ethnic communities, is conjured up through Sabella’s fragments. Within a multi-chronotopic perspective, the series takes the viewer on an imaginary return to a disappeared time and place. But by actively joining fragments from different houses, the artwork remixes the old fragments into new neighboring aesthetic units. From the remains, new possibilities are composed. Perhaps only through such acts of vivid recollection of places/times, of “plurilog,” can a reimagined conviviality be pieced together anew."  
    Image on the cover is from 38 Days of Re-Collection. View series  
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The Parachute Paradox - Book Review
    The Palestine Chronicle  
    by Rod Such  
    June 3, 2017  
    How to liberate himself from this [parachute paradox] is at the heart of Sabella’s memoir, which might be better described as a journey of discovery, both of his own personal effort to free himself from the occupation and the collective Palestinian struggle for freedom. The reader who accompanies Sabella on this journey is rewarded with insights that only the Palestinian experience can convey.  
    Palestinians Who Leave Their Mark  

This Week in Palestine

    April 2017  
    "Beyond a narrative of exile, Steve writes about the human connection transcending culture and nationality, and advocates for global citizenship. As Mahmoud Darwish wrote, “All the hearts of the people are my identity – so take away my passport!  
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