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Steve Sabella - Palestine Tour April 4 - 11, 2015
April 2, 2015
 
Press Release April 2015
 
Events including the screening of In the Darkroom with Steve Sabella, book launch of Steve Sabella - Photography 1997-2014, art talk titled 'Unlocking Visual Codes' and Q&A will take place in Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Ramallah, Haifa and Gaza in April 2015.
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
Steve Sabella Monograph
 
Steve Sabella - Photography 1997-2014 is now available for purchase at hatjecantz.de. Published by Hatje Cantz in collaboration with the Akademie der Künste Berlin featuring text by Hubertus von Amelunxen and foreword by Kamal Boullata, this monograph offers a critical view of his work. “[Sabella’s works] comprise a significant tableau of possible transitions and processes of dissolution between world and image, image and world. The book reads time and history out of the photographs and thus describes the genesis of Sabella’s photographic oeuvre under the aspects of exile, identity, migration, and the divided topologies of the 21st century. Sabella uses photography as the artistic language of existential exile.” The monograph will be launched at the Akademie der Künste in Berlin, The Photographers’ Gallery in London, as well as at the Istanbul and Verona art fairs and at his upcoming solo exhibitions in Kuwait, Verona and Dubai.
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
In Independence, we see a departure from collage, a prolific method in his work, and also the introduction of figures for the first time in some years. These figures hang in darkness, perhaps in outer space or the deep sea—yet in no place and no time—seemingly peaceful but unsettled. The bodies’ fractured bones and distortions can be seen, as if through an x-ray. Are the tangled and entwined figures helping or hindering one another? The expansive darkness and dismembered bodies present ambiguous and polarizing reflections: utopia vs. dystopia, internal vs. external, and suspension vs. catharsis. As Hubertus von Amelunxen writes in the forthcoming monograph on Sabella’s work, ‘In Sabella’s more recent work Independence (2013), there is a pictorial state of uncertainty that abandons the coordinates of space and therefore of history.’
 
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Layers - CAP Kuwait
SEPTEMBER 1, 2014
 
layers
 
Sabella views his oeuvre as a search for visual palimpsests – which manifest in a multitudinous progression from personal experiences and historical / political circumstances, towards theoretical speculation and aesthetic discovery. However, regardless of the intentions that may have inspired the creation of an individual work, in this cycle of exhibitions reconfiguration brings forth layers of the palimpsest that may not have been revealed before.
 
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A Declaration of Independence from Lisbon
August 18, 2014
 
lisbon
 
Freedom is not something that is granted, freedom is something felt. There can be no set date for the independence of Palestine. That independence day is today. Everyone should declare it.