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Steve
S A B E L L A
May Updates
2011
   
           
           
           
   
TV PRODUCTIONS
     
           
   
Ikono TV Production - Artist of the Month

A visual journey into four art projects of Steve Sabella. Three different episodes air every hour till end of May, 2011. Because they are in medium resolution, it is advised that you let the episode download for few minutes first to watch smoothly.

VIEW EPISODES ONLINE

   
   


   
           
           
           
           
   
EXHIBITIONS
     
           
   
     
   

Euphoria & Beyond solo exhibition continues at the Empty Quarter Gallery in Dubai till June 11

 

 

 

 

 

VIEW PHOTOS from the exhibition installation shots

VIEW VIDEO documentary to get an impression of the space

empty quarter gallery photo

beyond euphoria

   
   


   
           
           
           
           
   
AUCTIONS
     
           
   

Euphoria sold at the Photographs auction at Bonhams, April 13

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VIEW auction result

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REVIEWS
     
           
   

I am from Jerusalem
Christa Paula
Empty Quarter Exhibition Text

     
   

Steve Sabella's oeuvre unfolds like a book. Its chapters chronicle the artist's journey towards visual and intellectual maturation and bravely investigate his shifting psychological states, narrating a deeply personal individuation process. Thus, in order to fully appreciate the triumph of Sabella's recent work, it is vital to take into account the evolution of his practice, from his first photographic series Search (1997) and Identity (2002) to the work presented in this current solo exhibition Euphoria & Beyond at the Empty Quarter Gallery in Dubai.

The Euphoria triptych is a joyous retinal explosion. Cut and assembled from hundreds of fragments of trees, like those shown In Transition, the resulting photomontages of organic fluidity emanate cathartic relief and a transcendence of the state of 'mental exile.' Long years of self-interrogation have given way to a more stable personality, one open to expansion and to the appreciation of beauty and the sublime.

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SELECTED MEDIA
     
           
   

Life's Rich Pattern
THE NATIONAL newspaper UAE

 

...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 published on May 5, 2011 in the Arts & Life section page 7.

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Euphoria & Beyond
Canvas Guide

Euphoria and Beyond features works by Palestinian artist Steve Sabella, whose work was recently acquired for the permanent collection of the new Mathaf Arab Museum of Modern Art in Qatar. In an almost prescient manner, the exhibition, which charts the artist's creative transition from a state of exile to a new found euphoria, seems to mirror the recent awakenings of new beliefs across various countries in the Arab world.

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PUBLISHED STUDY
     
           
   

Reconsidering the Value of Palestinian Art & Its Journey into the Art Market
Part 2 of Steve Sabella's study for his MA in Art Business at Sotheby's Institute of Art (2009) in London has been published in:
Contemporary Practices Art Journal - Volume VII & VIII (two parts)

 

DOWNLOAD PDF PART ONE - Nov 2010
DOWNLOAD PDF PART TWO - Mar 2011

   
   


   
           
           
           
           
   
SEGEMNT FROM THE TEXTS OF EUPHORIA & BEYOND
     
           
   

"There are two voices that have penetrated and shook me during the creation of Beyond Euphoria. Both are Tunisian and have become iconic. The first one is the voice of the man who went in a dramatic scene shouting in the street the moment he heard that Ben Ali 'fled away' (Ben Ali Hrab). The other is the voice of an older man with white hair (Harimna, Harimna), who was speaking with a voice, which like the first voice condensed one hundred years of Arab history. Both of their voices recapitulated the agony, the pain, the anticipation, the frustration, the joy, the sadness, the revelation and the euphoria of how every Arab felt. In Paris, I had the utmost honor of having dinner in the most astonishing and unforeseen manner with the first voiceHis name is Abdennaceur Aouini.

My state of transition and Euphoria preceded the Arab revolts. My journey of interrogation and introspection has been leading me to liberation. To achieve it, I had to confront myself, journey to my core and question my ‘beliefs’ and everything in my ‘reality’. The journey starts from within and once it starts change is inevitable. 

It is possible that this is what people in many different countries realized. Beyond Euphoria was created at a time when I was absorbing the dramatic changes in the Arab World. The unfolding events influenced this artwork and shifted it from its original conception."

Steve Sabella

 

LISTEN to these iconic & historic voices here:

VOICE ONE - Abdennaceur Aouini
VOICE TWO