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NEWSPAPER & WEB REVIEWS
   
         
   
   
   
Book Release - The Parachute Paradox
   
   
IMEU
   
   
Decemeber 21, 2016
   
         
   
imeu
   
         
    The Parachute Paradox, a new book from Palestinian author Steve Sabella, provides a unique insight into the individual pursuit of global citizenship through the author’s life story.    
         
       
       
         
   
   
         
   
Crowds Flock to Art Miami and CONTEXT, Where Blue-Chip Art Reigns
   
   
By Eileen Kinsella
   
   
artnet News
   
   
November 30, 2016
   
   
   
   
artnet News
   
         
   

Dealer Marco Sassone, owner of Metroquadro Gallery in Turin, was showing, among other works, conceptual photographs by Palestinian artist Steve Sabella, whose work focuses on creating a new reality in the face of conflict.

   
   
   
       
       
   
   
         
         
   
The Parachute Paradox
   
   
Moors Magazine
   
   
By Holly Moors
   
   
November 28, 2016
   
   
   
   
Moors Magazine
   
         
   

The Parachute Paradox is perhaps the most impressive book I've ever read on the Palestinian-Jewish conflict. A good book to read and to go through gently, piece by piece.

Sabella is also an artist, so the book has a magnificent design and was published in a limited edition of 1250 numbered copies. But that fact, along with the low sales price, are not the most important reasons to buy the book––these are really probing stories by Sabella.

   
   
   
       
       
   
   
         
         
         
   
"We have the Power to Change Every Structure we’ve Created on this Planet"
Interview with Steve Sabella
   
   
Spitz Magazine (Hebrew) and ID Festival Online Magazine (English/German)
   
   
By Tal Alon
   
   
October 2016
   
         
   
Spitz
   
         
   

Sabella is arguably the perfect protagonist: his art and writing are at once very personal as well as political and universal; his monologues are passionate, while leaving room for question marks.

   
         
       
       
       
       
       
   
   
         
         
         
       
   
By Charlotte Bank
   
   
Institute for Middle East Understanding
   
   
March 28, 2016
   
         
   
IMEU
   
         
   
Coming to terms with his uprootedness and “growing roots in the air” as he himself says, has enabled the artist to return to his native city with an approach that is at once disinterested, almost scientific in the dissection of its visual elements, and at the same time highly personal in its concern with the small objects of everyday use. Through his investigation of the visual palimpsest that is the history of Jerusalem and the everincreasing layers of images created and imagined about the city, Steve Sabella has succeeded in asking one essential question. Is the relationship between image and reality relevant?
   
         
       
       
   
   
         
         
         
       
   
By Olivia Snaije
   
   
CNN
   
   
January 12, 2016
   
         
    CNN    
         
   
"Art gives small doses of awareness, and the more doses one gets, the more informed we become about our world and the systems that run it," says Sabella. "Ai Weiwei is one clear example of how much awareness he has raised globally about injustices seen through his eyes."
   
         
       
       
   
   
         
         
         
   
The Harrowed Hands of Palestine
   
   
By Sarah Irving
   
   
Electronic Intifada
   
   
November 2, 2015
   
         
   
Electronic Intifada
   
         
   

Interspersed with the collections of Sabella’s photographs are the sections of an extended essay by von Amelunxen. He offers often illuminating readings of Sabella’s art, and places the work into context — both biographical and in relation to Palestinian art and literature.

Citing the likes of poet Mahmoud Darwish, intellectual Edward Said and Boullata, as well as philosophers Walter Benjamin and Jacques Derrida, von Amelunxen draws out some of the themes suggested by Sabella’s visual explorations.

Coming from a very established position in the European art hierarchy, von Amelunxen’s text is a fine example of how, while fully acknowledging the politics that affect the positioning of any Palestinian artist, Palestinian creativity still stands up to the most rigorous examinations of art criticism.

   
         
       
       
   
   
         
         
         
   
Steve Sabella, “My Art Is Not About Palestine! It’s About My Life.”
   
   
By Khelil Bouarrouj
   
   
Palestine Square - The Blog of the Institute for Palestine Studies
   
         
   
Palestine Sqaure
   
         
   
Sabella is emphatic that is he neither trying to depict Palestine in his work, nor is he trying to separate himself from the nation. His art is about his life and Palestine is represented through his experiences. The Palestinian experience is thus visually liberated when Palestinians are free to tell their own stories on their own terms, away from the myths of Zionism or some notion of “resistance” imagined by solidarity activists.
   
         
       
       
   
   
         
         
         
   
Steve Sabella - Meem Gallery
   
   
By Kevin Jones
   
   
Artforum - Critic's Picks
   
         
   
Artforum
   
         
   
If Steve Sabella’s 2013 series “Independence” were music, it would be trip-hop—a suave, steady beat wrapped in a sullen, ethereal pall, at once spirited and weighty... The ambivalent, distended bodies depicted are themselves textured by scales of light and shown as if in free fall or blurred by nebulous fluid.
   
         
       
       
   
   
         
         
         
 
Steve Sabella - Photography 1997-2014 Published by Hatje Cantz Verlag
   
 
Canvas Daily
   
         
    Canvas Daily    
         
   
This 208-page hardback cover is Steve Sabella's first monograph, which looks at the Palestinian artist's work over the last two decades. The cover is a detail of a work from 2014 entitled Sinopia. "I wanted the text on the cover to be as discreet as possible, because I wanted the work to speak for itself."
   
         
       
       
   
   
         
         
         
       
   
By Stephen Dillon
   
   
Artsy Editorial
   
   
   
   
Artsy
   
   
   
   
There is beauty in the distortions of their bodies in the refracted water, but they are also made to appear fractured and incomplete by the warping ripples. Many of the images are oriented vertically, so that bodies appear to be falling or flying. In one, a woman reaches upward, while another ambiguous person—they are so obscured that we cannot be sure of their age or gender—reaches down to them through the inky blackness. They seem peaceful, but nonetheless straining for connection.
   
   
   
       
       
   
   
         
         
         
       
   
By Jyoti Kalsi
   
   
Gulf News
   
   
   
   
Gulf News
   
   
   
   
Berlin-based Palestinian artist Steve Sabella is known for his large-scale, abstract and sharp photographs. But his latest show in Dubai, “Independence”, is different. The photographs in this series are much smaller and have a diffused, dreamlike quality. They feature two anonymous figures suspended in a dark space. The figures seem peaceful yet unsettled; connected yet independent. They look almost like X-ray images, and a closer look reveals distortions and broken bones in the bodies.
   
   
   
       
       
   
   
         
         
         
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
Al Mahha Art
   
 
   
 
By looking to the genealogy of the image and asking what came first, the image or the world, Sabella discovered not only the power of images to present and communicate ideas but furthermore, their ability not to represent reality, but to create it. As he stated, his works are, “meant to act as imagined bridges, map-like structures that connect us to our past with an eye to the future.”
   
         
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Palestinian Photographer Steve Sabella Declares Independence through Mental Images – Book Review
   
   
Monograph review by Lisa Pollman
   
   
Art Radar
   
   
   
   
Art Radar
   
   
   
   

Throughout the book, Sabella’s images take us from one world to another. His fresh, early work leads to the pivotal series “Six Israelis and One Palestinian” and “Metamorphosis”, ending with the painterly, rich series “38 days of re-collection” and “Sinopia”.

Sabella’s monograph stands as one of the very few records for those interested in learning more about contemporary art and artists from the Middle East to peruse and study.

   
   
   
       
       
       
   
   
         
         
         
   
Palestinian Tragedy through the Eyes of the Artist
   
   
Interview by Evrim Altug
   
       
   
   
   
Cumhuriyet
   
   
   
   
In my work I engage in an archeology of the future, which is not necessarily based on finding physical objects, but is rather based on understanding images and their formation. This has been the human quest since the beginning of time. And yet what characterizes the world today is a lack of consciousness. We lost the ability to connect ourselves to our surroundings because we consume the world mostly from a safe distance, through its image. This has led us to incessantly question what is real and what is not. One thing is for sure, human suffering is real, unlike the illusions I create. My illusions are only meant to act as imagined bridges, map-like structures that connect us to our past with an eye to the future.
   
         
       
       
   
   
         
   
   
 
   
 
Unlocking the Past for a Better Future
   
 
   
 
Blog
   
         
 
amy haddad
   
         
 
   
       
   
   
         
         
   
   
   
Painting the Middle East with too Broad of a Brush?
   
   
Richard Holledge
   
   
Wall Street Journal
   
         
   
wall street journal
   
         
   

Steve Sabella's installation, "Settlement" (2010), has six Israelis opposite one Palestinian, all seven clad in underwear, facing each other with a neutral stare. Their eyes also meet the gaze of the viewer, making him a discomfited witness.

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A Smithsonian in the Sand
   
   
The Economist (2010)
   
         
   
The Economist
   
         
   

“Told, Untold, Retold”, the third show, brings together work by 23 contemporary artists. Among the most interesting are Jerusalem-born Steve Sabella’s photographs of Israeli and Palestinian men hardly distinguishable in their boxer shorts and the paintings on paper by Marwan Sahmarani, a Lebanese painter who was inspired by a famous 16th-century engraving by Albrecht Dürer."

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Life's Rich Pattern
   
   
The National (2011)
   
         
   
The National
   
         
   

...Now based in Berlin and London, his new photographs and photomontages, currently on show in his exhibition Euphoria and Beyond at the Empty Quarter Gallery in Dubai, offer a more joyful, vigorous viewpoint - challenging by pure coincidence the region's new energy engendered by what has become as the Arab Spring...

Double spread - May 5, 2011 - Arts & Life Section, p.7

   
   
   
   
   
         
   
   
   
Euphoria and Beyond (2011)
   
   
Charlotte Bank
   
   
Zakharif
   
         
   
zakharif
   
         
   

Light shines through the branches of trees, caught in floating movements, ephemeral and fragile like the first rays of morning light after a long and dark night. Here, a cautious hope enters Sabella’s universe, a hope that gains in momentum in “Euphoria”, a triptych celebrating the euphoric deliverance from the mental bonds of anxiety in what might be called a “mental heterotopia”. Through the use of a similar technique of multi-angled photomontages as in “In Exile”, each of the three single pieces show a kaleidoscope of up-rooted trees. But their up-rootedness does not make them appear doomed, rather they seem to stretch out their branches, circling around each other in a light-hearted dance.

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Reflections on Palestine
   
   
By Nyree Barrett
   
   
Time Out Dubai (/2010)
   
         
   
Time Out Dubai
   
         
   
His message in a nutshell: ‘Alienation is the new world syndrome.’ Steve Sabella’s images are without horizon: the abstract landscapes layer many images of one window over each other hundreds or thousands of times. It took Sabella a year to create five pieces using this process, and the result is a disorientating but visually arresting new landscape with no sky and no respite.
   
         
       
   
   
         
   
   
   
   
   
Barjeel Continues Introducing Arab Artists to International Art Scene
   
   
By Anna Seaman
   
   
The National
   
         
   
The National
   
         
   

Steve Sabella (whose photographic work In Exile, based on his conception that his city of birth, Jerusalem, does not exist, went to Zoom Art Fair) said the foundation was clearly formed according to vision and taste rather than on the basis on "art market fevers".Although it is too soon to tell if there have been any benefits from the overseas exposure, he said he had received many e-mails regarding his inclusion in Residua, which opened in October.

"[This] is an indication that synergy is at work," he said. Mr Sabella said that the foundation had a sound reputation, with people in London, where he is living, congratulating him on being part of the collection. "The Barjeel Foundation can set an example of how to inject artists with critical acclaim," he said.

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Two Sides to Every Story
   
   
By Merav Yudilovitch
   
   
Ynet/ (2007)
   
   
ynetnews.com
   
   

Steve Sabella is interested in memory and identity. The 32-year-old photographer admits he had many reservations about the project. “Besides the fact that I prefer to work alone, I find the idea of projects for peace basically repulsive.”

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Steve Sabella: Blurring the Lines
   
   
By Danny Rubenstein
   
   
Haaretz (2005)
   
         
   
Haaretz
   
         
   

Why is this interesting? Because Steve, a professional photographer who works for the various United Nations agencies in the territories, visited Gaza a few weeks ago together with an Australian woman journalist who works with him in order to prepare a report for an official UN magazine under the heading "A Look at Gaza." As they were passing near the Gaza port, they were halted by a group of young armed men. They were abducted and taken to a house down the road beyond the Shati refugee camp.

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