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    Steve Sabella    
         
   

October / November 2014 Updates

   
         
       
         
         
         
   
Exhibition
   
         
         
   
ARCHAELOGY OF THE FUTURE
   
   
October 8 - November 16, 2014
   
         
   
Retrospective solo at the International Center for Photography Scavi Scaligeri in Verona, Italy
   
       
         
   

Archeology of the Future

   
         
   
If an archeologist looks at the pieces from 38 days of re-collection, it could be assumed that these are found objects, unearthed artifacts. Yet, upon careful inspection the archeologist is bound to find that these fragments are created by an illusion. Black and white images are printed with B&W photo emulsion onto colorful paint fragments collected from Jerusalem’s Old City home walls. Decoding these pieces would require a new approach to traditional archeology, since the ‘artifact’ came to light through a photographic process. Our understanding of images, their origins, formation and perception is still at its infancy. To decode this artwork requires us to understand images.
   
         
   
Excerpt from 'Archaeology of the Future' by Steve Sabella
Essay featured in the Archaeology of the Future exhibition catalogue
   
         
         
       
       
       
       
       
       
   
   
         
         
         
         
    Monograph Launch & Talk    
         
         
    STEVE SABELLA - PHOTOGRAPHY 1997-2014    
   
The Photographers Gallery, London
   
   
October 16, 2014 from 16:15 to 20:00
   
         
   
- Launch of monograph, published by Hatje Cantz in collaboration with the Akademie der Künste in Berlin, featuring foreword by Kamal Boullata and essay by Hubertus von Amelunxen
   
   

- Special screening of In the Darkroom with Steve Sabella a film directed and produced
by Nadia Johanne Kabalan

   
   
- Talk and Q&A with Hubertus von Amelunxen
   
   
- Book signing with the artist
   
         
   
Photographer's Gallery
   
    Photo credit: Onlab    
         
   
These images contain only what was not before and what now corresponds to a becoming that is not based on its past. The structural dismantling of the photographic gaze begun in the In Exile cycle has an inherent hopelessness that takes Steve Sabella not away from photography but toward abstraction through a formal idiom of his own. His images develop into arabesques, intertwining counterpoints, structural images, fabrics interwoven with deductions from the passings of time, planes on which a shattered reality is laid.
   
         
   
Excerpt from Steve Sabella - Photography 1997-2014 by Hubertus von Amelunxen
   
         
         
       
       
       
   
   
         
         
         
   
Documentary Film
   
         
         
   
IN THE DARKROOM WITH STEVE SABELLA
   
       
   
October 23 - October 26, 2014
   
         
   
Produced and Directed by Nadia Johanne Kabalan
   
         
   
In the Darkroom with Steve Sabella
   
         
   
This documentary is a sensitive portrait of Steve Sabella, one of the most thriving artists from Palestine today. In the Darkroom with Steve Sabella gives an insider view of the artist's practice, in which photographic technique and material experiments become a necessary tool of introspection and visual investigation of the past. While the series Metamorphosis (2012) reveals Sabella's transformation after an inner and outer conflict based on his experience of occupation, 38 days of re-collection (2014) documents the excavation of a forgotten and re-imagined history of Jerusalem. In dark, fluid and deliberate images, personal narratives come to light in the darkroom – the womb that brings images and imaginations to life.
"When you are in the darkroom, you don't speak with anyone. The only thing you speak with is … art."
   
         
   
Film synopsis by Nadia Johanne Kabalan
   
         
         
       
   
   
         
         
         
   
Upcoming Exhibition
   
         
         
   
INDEPENDENCE
   
   
October 28 - December 6, 2014
   
         
   
Solo at Meem Gallery in Dubai, UAE
   
         
    Independence    
         
   
If we consider the Surrealists’ philosophy of the image as a point of departure into the imagination, Sabella possesses a similar avant-garde desire. This is perhaps one of the intended collaborations between the artist and spectator. Independence reminds us that the experience of looking is subjective, informed by our own visual libraries, and there exists no common key to unlock its visual language. The series’ labyrinthine title – one of the artist’s few indexical cues – symbolically bookends the spectrum of interpretations that lie waiting for us.
   
         
   
Excerpt from 'Free-falling Into the Future' by Madeline Yale Preston
Essay featured in the Independence exhibition catalogue
   
         
         
   
Meem Gallery
   
         
       
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    Art Fairs    
         
         
         
       
       
   
   
       
       
       
   
Organized in collaboration with Boxart Gallery and Berloni Gallery, as part of ArtVerona
   
         
    ArtVerona    
         
       
       
       
       
   
   
         
         
         
       
   
October 8 - 12, 2014
   
         
       
         
   
Frankfurt Book Fair
   
         
       
       
   
   
         
         
         
       
   
November 13 - 16, 2014
   
         
       
         
   
Paris Photo
   
         
       
       
   
   
         
         
         
         
   
Monograph Launch and Art Talk
   
         
         
       
       
   
November 19, 2014
   
         
   

- Launch of monograph, published by Hatje Cantz in collaboration with the Akademie der Künste in Berlin, featuring foreword by Kamal Boullata and essay by Hubertus von Amelunxen

   
   
-Both authors will be present for a discussion
   
         
   
Monograph
   
   
Photo credit: Onlab
   
         
       
   

   
         
         
         
   
Current Exhibition
   
         
         
 
LAYERS
   
 
September 21 - October 21, 2014
   
         
 
   
   
   
   
Layers at CAP
   
         
   
Layers at CAP Layers at CAP
   
   
Photo credit: Tony Santos, CAP Kuwait
   
         
   
Sabella is determined to ‘unfix’ the image and free us from thinking that we are familiar with another country just because we see pictures of it. He is equally intent on showing that ‘the real’ is an elastic concept, both in the image and in the world. It encompasses experiences, that while sometimes not entirely our own, are ones we recognize, react to and feel intimately.
   
         
   
Excerpt from 'Beyond Palestine' by Malu Halasa
Essay featured in the Layers exhibition catalogue
   
         
         
       
       
       
       
       
   
   
         
         
         
         
   
   
       
         
   
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