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The Parachute Paradox

 
 
 
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Signed limited edition of The Parachute Paradox
 
 
 
The Parachute Paradox offers narrative storytelling of the life of the Jerusalemite artist and his experiences under Israeli occupation and proposes a subject that is unprecedented in Palestinian literature: the liberation of the self and the homeland through the liberation of the imagination.
 
 
-Al-Araby Al-Jadeed
 
     
     
 
The Parachute Paradox is therefore also a book about the transformation of the self, about freedom, about liberating the image of Jerusalem from her ideological confinement, about the power of love, and about the artistic imagination breaking free.
 
 
-Dr. Almút Sh. Bruckstein
 
     
     
 

The Parachute Paradox tells the life story of artist Steve Sabella (*1975), who was born in Jerusalem’s Old City and raised under Israeli occupation. After living through both intifadas, being kidnapped in Gaza, and learning to navigate Palestinian and Israeli culture, he feels in exile at home.

For him, the occupation attaches each Palestinian to an Israeli, as if in a tandem jump. The Israeli is always in control, placing the Palestinian under threat in a never-ending hostage situation. He realizes he has two options: either surrender or unbuckle his harness.

Blurring fact and fiction, love and loss, the memoir traces one man’s arduous search for liberation from within, through a confrontation with his colonized imagination.

 
  Kerber Verlag  
     
     
  WIINER  
  The Parachute Paradox won the 2017 Eric Hoffer Award and the 2016 Nautilus Book Awards, both for best memoir. The book was also a finalist for The International Book Awards.  
     
  On The US Review of Books:  
  The Parachute Paradox, Steve Sabella, Kerber Verlag - With a clever and intriguing cover, this book eagerly invites the reader to explore its contents. Perhaps the fact that the author is an accomplished artist and photographer explains the volume's elegant appearance. The book's content isn't any less appealing. We learn the story of a Christian boy growing up among Arabs in Israeli-occupied Palestine, drowning in the toxic national and religious ideology that surrounds him. We later discover a young man who's freedom does not exist except as an expression of his art, and as an endless love for the girl of his dreams. We finally encounter a mature, conflicted man pursuing his career in exile and using art as the vehicle of his liberation. This memoir offers a glimpse into the perpetual Israeli-Palestinian conflict through the eyes of an innocent bystander, who struggles to survive and who learns to live free, if only in his mind. Meanwhile, the Palestinian and the Israeli existence continues to be linked like the parachute jumper and his trainer, who descend in a dangerous tandem toward an insecure future.  
     
     
   
 
Limited Edition of 1250 & 150 Artist Proofs
 
 
ISBN 978-3-7356-0305-0
 
 
16,50 x 23,00 cm
 
 
304 Pages
 
 
Hardcover with clothbound Swiss brochure
 
 
English
 
 
 
   
 
 
 
 
   
 
 
 
Order direct from the Sabella Studio using the PayPal link above
 
 
 
     
     
     
 
 
 
 
 
 
     
     
 
REVIEWS & NEWS
 
     
   
  The Parachute Paradox - Book Review  
  The Palestine Chronicle  
  by Rod Such  
  June 3, 2017  
     
  How to liberate himself from this [parachute paradox] is at the heart of Sabella’s memoir, which might be better described as a journey of discovery, both of his own personal effort to free himself from the occupation and the collective Palestinian struggle for freedom. The reader who accompanies Sabella on this journey is rewarded with insights that only the Palestinian experience can convey.  
     
  View Review  
 

 
     
     
   
  The Parachute Paradox unrolls Palestinian artist Steve Sabella’s quest for a sense of identity  
  The National (UAE)  
  by Joseph Dana  
  March 22, 2017  
     
  An in-depth history of one stage of the conflict, a compelling argument to achieve peace or, perhaps, a convincing strategy to challenge the status quo. On rare occasions, an original narrative of the conflict, imbued with honesty and sensitivity, is published.  
     
  View Review  
 

 
     
     
     
  Palestine-Israel-logo  
 
Palestine - Israel Journal: Future Visions of Jerusalem
 
 
The Parachute Paradox - Chapter from a Jerusalem memoir
 
  December, 2016  
 
 
   
   
 

 
     
     
     
  kerber-logo  
  Kerber Verlag - The Parachute Paradox in Spring Publications  
  January, 2017  
     
   
  View PDF online  
 
 
     
     
     
 
NPR
 
  NPR - Life In Berlin: 'The Parachute Paradox' Part One and Two  
  By Lily Kelting  
 
January 4th, 2017
 
     
   
   
 
 
     
     
     
 
imeu
 
 
Book Release - The Parachute Paradox
 
 
IMEU
 
 
Decemeber 21, 2016
 
     
 
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.
 
     
   
   
     
 
 
     
     
     
 
Selections
 
 
Stitched Wounds
 
 
Selections
 
 
By Corinne Martin
 
 
November 16, 2016
 
 
 
  Palestinian artist Steve Sabella discusses his new book, The Parachute Paradox, in which he explores the concept of liberating the imagination : "I want everyone who reads it to feel that our imaginations are free. I want them to consider what I’m convinced of today, that imagination and reality are two sides of the same coin, and that we create our own realities."  
 
 
   
   
 
 
 
 
     
     
     
     
  Hanan Debwania - Palestinian Activist  
  January, 2017  
     
  I always say if someone wants to feel occupation, he or she must visit the ghost city of Hebron. Now I would say that if anyone wants to feel what it means for a human to be occupied, they must read The Parachute Paradox.  
     
 
View PDF
 
     
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Moors Magazine
 
 
The Parachute Paradox
 
 
Moors Magazine
 
 
By Holly Moors
 
 
November 28, 2016
 
     
 

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.

 
   
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Harper's Bazaar Art Arabia
 
 
Talking Art
 
 
Harper's Bazaar Art Arabia
 
 
By Nada Bokhowa
 
 
Winter 2016
 
 
 
  This profound memoir chronicles the life of the artist Steve Sabella who was born in Jerusalem’s Old City and raised under Israeli occupation.  
 
 
   
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
ICI Berlin
 
 
The Parachute Paradox: An Artist's Law of Return
 
 
Transcript of ICI Berlin Book Launch Introduction
 
 
By Almút Sh. Bruckstein
 
 
October 18, 2016
 
 
 
  We want to speak about this captivating black book tonight, The Parachute Paradox. A book about home, about Jerusalem, about the effects and after-effects of the occupation, the occupation of Palestine, of the self, of Jerusalem, about the hijacking of tradition, the hijacking of the image, even the image of Jerusalem, and most importantly about what the artist calls the colonization of the artistic imagination. This meticulously produced book is about exile, not only that of the artist, but even of Jerusalem, the city of prophets who so miserably betrays her promise to act as a secure haven for all its citizens. It is a book about the artist’s exiled mother tongue, about alienated speech and failed communications, about exiled dreams, and most disturbingly, about the haunting experience of the protagonist’s imagination being locked-in by the politics of separation, by the violation of human rights, in other words: by the conditions of life dictated by the Israeli occupation.  
 
 
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Alkhaleej
 
 
Identity Between Two Worlds: The Art of Materializing Exile
 
 
Alkhaleej (Arabic), Oct 17, 2016
 
 
By Mohammed Al-Asaad
 
 
 
 

What is identity? Is it assigned through words? Are they the labels we are born into and continue on living under in their shadows? The current Palestinian answer was proposed by the experiences of Edward Said who said that identity has a fluid nature––it does not settle, or rather it should not settle. He described it as whatever the person wants it to be, subject to constant change.

But Steve adds new meaning in his book, derived from his life in exiled Jerusalem, and then in exile in London and Berlin, where he now lives. His multiplicitous identity arose from where he was born amongst standardized labels, from family, to community and the wider homeland. Steve says he stands with the people of Palestine, who are subjected to uprooting, from the land and the self. That is a given and non-negotiable. But what matters most to him is justice. It is through this mindset that the artist transcends identity, instead stitching his own with the threads of what he sees, knows and learns.

 
 
   
   
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
Spitz
 
 
"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), Oct 2016
 
 
By Tal Alon
 
 
 
 

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.

 
 
 
   
   
   
   
   
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
Al-Araby Al-Jadeed
 
 
Steve Sabella: Art as a Process of Liberation
 
 
Al-Araby Al-Jadeed (Arabic), Oct 7, 2016
 
     
 
 
 

The Palestinian artist Steve Sabella sees that liberating the mind from the colonization of the imagination is highly necessary, for it is more dangerous than the colonization of the land. He sees that liberating the land of Palestine requires the collective imagination and not just the individual one.

The Parachute Paradox offers narrative storytelling of the life of the Jerusalemite artist and his experiences under Israeli occupation and proposes a subject that is unprecedented in Palestinian literature: the liberation of the self and the homeland through the liberation of the imagination.

 
 
 
   
   
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
Al Jadira
 
 
CAP Hosts Steve Sabella
 
 
Al Jarida (Arabic), Oct 3, 2016
 
 
 
   
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Al-Araby Al-Jadeed
 
 
Contemporary Art Platform Hosts Steve Sabella
 
 
Al-Araby Al-Jadeed (Arabic), Oct 2, 2016
 
 
 
   
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Al-Araby Al-Jadeed
 
 
Sometimes the Answer is Right There in Front of You - The Parachute Paradox
 
 
Prologue featured in Al-Araby Al-Jadeed (Arabic), Sept 28, 2016
 
 
Translated by Mohammed Al-Asaad
 
 
 
  The Parachute Paradox includes narrative segments from the personal life of Steve Sabella as a conceptual artist born in occupied Jerusalem in 1975. It includes his experience in confronting the colonisation of the imagination, which he considers more brutal than the occupation of the land. Sabella’s relationship with Jerusalem is a major topic in his art across different periods of his output and in different mediums, which led ultimately to to writing, after he positioned his name amongst the most prominent of his generation on the world art map.  
 
 
   
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Protocollum
 
 
Chapter 8 featured in PRŌTOCOLLUM 2015/16
 
 
 
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
LAUNCHES
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
CAP Kuwait
 
 
 
 
Kuwait Launch - Oct 5, 2016, 19:00 — 21:00
 
 
Coinciding with the solo exhibition Steve Sabella - The Parachute Paradox
 
 
At Contemporary Art Platform (CAP) Kuwait - 2 Shuwaikh Industrial, Kuwait City, Kuwait
 
 
Reading, discussion with author and literary critic Mohammed Al-Asaad, Q&A and signing
 
 
 
 
Kuwait Launch Kuwait Launch
 
 
 
   
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
ICI Berlin
 
 
 
 
Berlin Launch - Oct 18, 2016, 19:30 — 21:00
 
 
At ICI Berlin - Christinenstr. 18/19 • 10119 Berlin, Germany
 
 
Screening of "In the Darkroom with Steve Sabella", reading, discussion with Alya Sebti, director of ifa-Galerie Berlin,
moderated by Dr. Almút Sh. Bruckstein, founder of Taswir Projects, Q&A and signing
 
 
A cooperation between ICI Berlin, Steve Sabella & Friends, ifa-Galerie and Taswir Projects
 
 
 
 
Berlin Launch Berlin Launch
 
 
 
   
   
   
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Alserkal Avenue
 
 
 
 
Dubai Launch - Nov 13, 2016, Time TBA
 
 
At Alserkal Avenue - Street 8, Al Quoz 1 - Dubai, United Arab Emirates
 
 
Reading, discussion with Rebecca Anne Proctor, Editor-in-chief of Harper's Bazaar Art, Q&A and signing
 
 
In collaboration with the Barjeel Art Foundation
 
 
 
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
SOAS University
 
 
 
 
London Launch - Nov 21, 2016, 18:00 — 20:00
 
 
At University of London, SOAS, SALT Alumni Lecture Theatre
Paul Webley Wing, Senate House, SOAS, Thornhaugh Street, London, WC1H 0XG, UK
 
 
Reading, discussion with Dr. Siba Aldabbagh and Professor Wen-Chin Ouyang, Q&A and signing
 
 
Sponsored by the Centre for Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies (CCLPS),the Department of the languages and Cultures
of Near and Middle East (NME), and the Centre for Palestine Studies (CPS)
 
 
 
   
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
EVENTS
 
 
 
 
 
 
ID Festival 2016
 
 
 
 
Festival Kick Off - Oct 21, 2016, 19:00 — 21:00
 
 
Panel discussion: Language Beyond Borders
 
 
Curated/Moderated by Elad Lapidot (philosopher), Olga Grjasnowa (author), Steve Sabella (artist), and Mati Shemoelof (author, poet, journalist and activist)
 
 
 
 
ID Festival ID Festival
 
 
 
 
Read the related interview by Tal Alon:
 
 
"We have the Power to Change Every Structure we’ve Created on this Planet"
Interview with Steve Sabella
 
 
in Spitz Magazine (Hebrew) and ID Festival Online Magazine (English/German), Oct 2016
 
   
   
   
   
   
     
     
 
 
 

 
     
 

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