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October / November 2014 Updates

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    
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
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
October 28 - December 6, 2014
Solo at Meem Gallery in Dubai, UAE
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
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
Photo credit: Onlab

Current Exhibition
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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