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2012
   
           
           
           
   
MUSEUM COLLECTION
     
           
   

Salsali Private Museum

Cécile Elise Sabella 2008 artwork lambda print hand stitched on canvas, was acquired through the Christie's auction held in Dubai April 2012 for the benefit of the World Food Program. Work was added to the museum's permanent collection.

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Cecile Elise Sabella

   
   


   
           
           
           
           
           
           
   
REVIEW
     
           
   

Stages of Transition:
Visualizing Exile in the Work of Steve Sabell
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Dorothea Schoene

AfterImage - The Journal of Media Arts & Cultural Criticism
(New York)

 

Taking into consideration that his works are the final result of a long, almost painterly process of arranging, the question remains as to how much can be retraced and what the most important part of his art is. Is it the elaborately arranged layers of the actual art object, or their inherent reference to a previous act of capturing his own state of mind?

“You’ll understand my life through my work,” the artist claims. This statement is true in a double sense: first, because of his intimate portrayal of his emotional state of being; secondly, because Sabella, for the most part, documents his immediate surroundings. His oeuvre is thus a continuously growing diary and portfolio of his own life’s documentation.

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ART CONFERENCE
     
           
   

Comparing Identity: Self and Other in the Photography of Steve Sabella and Poetry of Mahmoud Darwish

Siba Aldabbagh - PhD Researcher - SOAS, London.
The Arts in Society
Liverpool, UK from 23-25 July 2012

 

Taking Kristeva’s intertextuality as a starting point, how do artists and writers share ideas and techniques? In what ways does intertextuality enrich culture? Is art more influenced by literature than literature by art? In engaging with canonical artists and writers, have the Middle Eastern literati created a unique mouthpiece through which to voice their newfound social, political and economic concerns, and how is such ideologically framed meaning constructed through various sign systems? Does the divide between artists and writers disappear only when they directly reference one another? In order to answer these questions, this interdisciplinary study focuses on the dialogue between contemporary Middle Eastern visual arts and literature.

Focusing on the poetry of Mahmoud Darwish and the photography of Steve Sabella, its aims are to open up the dialogue between the oldest cultural form in the region – the written word – and visual arts, which is said to have been introduced in its current form in the early twentieth century, to expand the interpretative possibilities of both visual arts and literature and to enrich the understanding of not only art and literature production in the Middle East, but of the way in which they interact and discuss with the social, political and economic realities of their said societies. The Palestinian question has had a profound effect on the way identity is perceived in the creative practices of both artist and poet, which has enabled them to project a more critical perspective on notions of self and identity. Both working from exile,forced in the case of Darwish and voluntary in the case of Sabella, this comparative study looks at how the political circumstances of Palestinians has influenced their creative production.

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