Palestine Chronicle

The Parachute Paradox – A Book Review

 

Rod Such 

The Palestine Chronicle

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.

 

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The Parachute Paradox Unrolls Palestinian Artist Steve Sabella’s Quest for a Sense of Identity

 

Joseph Dana 

The National (UAE) – Arts & Culture section 

March 22, 2017

 

The number of books about Israel and Palestine published every year can feel oppressive to the average reader. Coupled with the constant stream of news, it is clear that there is untappable desire for discussion about the conflict. Yet, new books tend follow the same patterns in terms of approach, construction and content. 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.

 

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The Palestine Israel Journal

The Parachute Paradox – Chapter from a Jerusalem Memoir

 

Palestine – Israel Journal: Future Visions of Jerusalem

December 2016

 

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Kerber Verlag – New Publications Spring 2017

Christof Kerber in the catalogue’s foreword

 

January, 2017

 

As always, sociopolitical topics also have a firmly established place in our program. In his autobiography, The Parachute Paradox, the Palestinian artist Steve Sabella narrates his remarkable life story.

 

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NPR

The Parachute Paradox – Part One and Two

NPR – Life In Berlin

 

Lily Kelting

January 4th, 2017

 

When people ask me where I come from, I say I come from planet Earth. I mean, where else? Then they ask, ‘Where were you born?’ which I think is the right question. I acknowledge one-hundred percent where I come from, where I was born, which is the Old City of Jerusalem, where I lived for almost thirty years.

 

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Book Release – The Parachute Paradox

IMEU

 

December 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.

 

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Stitched Wounds

Corinne Martin

 

Selections 

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.

 

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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.

 

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Steve Sabella – The Parachute Paradox

 

Holly Moors 

Moors Magazine (Dutch)

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.

 

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Talking Art

 

Nada Bokhowa 

Harper’s Bazaar Art Arabia

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.

 

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The Parachute Paradox: An Artist’s Law of Return

Almút Sh. Bruckstein 

 

Introduction for the book launch at the Institute of Cultural Inquiry Berlin

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.

 

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Identity Between Two Worlds: The Art of Materializing Exile

Mohammed Al-Asaad

 

Alkhaleej (Arabic)

Oct 17, 2016

 

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.

 

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We have the Power to Change Every Structure we’ve Created on this Planet

Tal Alon 

 

Interview with Steve Sabella

Spitz Magazine (Hebrew) and ID Festival Online Magazine (English/German)

Oct 2016

 

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.

 

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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.

 

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CAP Hosts Steve Sabella

Al Jarida (Arabic), Oct 3, 2016

 

تستضيف منصة الفن المعاصر (كاب) بمنطقة الشويخ الصناعية بعد غد، الفنان الفلسطيني ستيف سابيلا في جلسة حوار يقرأ فيها صفحات من كتابه الصادر بالإنكليزية تحت عنوان “معضلة مظلة هبوط”.

يروي الكتاب سيرة حياة الفنان وتجربته مع الاحتلال الإسرائيلي، الذي يتمدد إلى استعمار المخيلة، وهو الأخطر في رأيه

مما ألمَّ بفلسطين وشعبها من احتلال للأرض والفضاء والبحر.

 

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Contemporary Art Platform Hosts Steve Sabella

Al-Araby Al-Jadeed (Arabic), Oct 2, 2016

 

ينظر سابيلا إلى الفن باعتباره طريقته في تحرير ذاته وتحرير مخيلته، من استعمار يتمدد من استعمار للأرض إلى استعمار للمخيلة، حيث يقول سابيلا في مقتطف من الكتاب: “لم أفتح مظلة الهبوط، كنتُ في قفزة حرة مربوطاً بإسرائيلي. ولسنوات طويلة أصبحتُ أرى تلك الوضعية في الفضاء استعارة لما يعنيه أن تكون فلسطينياً يعيش تحت احتلال إسرائيلي. الحياة تحت الاحتلال تشبه واقع الفلسطيني المربوط بإسرائيلي في قفزة واحدة حرّة في الفضاء. هناك إسرائيلي على ظهر كل فلسطيني؛ يتحكم في كل جوانب الحياة: الإسرائيلي هو المسيطر دائماً. وهذا الواقع غير المعقول يضع الشعب الفلسطيني تحت تهديد دائم في حالة رهينة لا نهاية لها أبداً”.

 

 

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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 colonization 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 writing, after he positioned his name amongst the most prominent of his generation on the world art map.

 

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Chapter 8 featured in PROTOCOLLUM 2015/16

 

 

“But I didn’t want to be stuck in time, to live in a loop and defend the same thoughts again and again. It was only when Francesca turned thirty, and knowing how much she wanted to have her own baby, that I felt I couldn’t deprive her any longer. When she told me she was pregnant, I jokingly asked her if it was mine. Now, looking back, I think she should’ve slapped me. But this was life with Francesca; we were open with each other, and she knew how to live with my insecurities.”

 

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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, 

 

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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

Steve Sabella, artist, thinker, writer, film-maker and photographer, is a son of the Old City of Jerusalem. His roots are spread heavenwards, and he signs his books as a citizen of planet earth. We celebrate his latest work, The Parachute Paradox, a mesmerizing life story,

 

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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.

 

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Al-Serkal feature 

London Launch – Nov 21, 2016, 18:00 — 20:00

At University of London, SOAS, SALT Alumni Lecture Theatre, Paul Webley Wing, Senate House, SOAS, 

 

Reading, discussion with Dr. Siba Aldabbagh and Professor Wen-Chin Ouyang. 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)

 

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SOAS feature 

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).

 

Read the related interview by Tal Alon, Oct 2016

 

“We have the Power to Change Every Structure we’ve Created on this Planet”
Interview with Steve Sabella in Spitz Magazine (Hebrew).

 

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