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The Parachute Paradox – Decolonizing the Imagination



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Steve Sabella – Photography 1997-2014

Hatje Cantz and Akademie der Künste, Berlin, 2014


Texts by Hubertus von Amelunxen
Foreword by Kamal Boullata (PDF) 

Designed by onlab


read Hubertus von Amelunxen’s essay “Translation” (PDF)

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view on Hatje Cantz website

The Parachute Paradox

Kerber Verlag, 2016

By Steve Sabella


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read chapter 8
view on Kerber Verlag website

Fragments From Our Beautiful Future

Kerber Verlag, 2017


Texts by Hubertus Von Amelunxen, Ella Shohat, A.S. Bruckstein, T.J. Demon, Nat Muller, Abdul-Rahim Al-Shaikh, Marleen Stoessel and Elliot R. Wolfson.

Foreword by Jill Bumiller

Designed by Ta-Trung


Published for the Fragments From Our Beautiful Future exhibition
The Bumiller Collection, Berlin, Germany

May 19 – August 13, 2017


read T.J. Demos’ essay “Beyond Finitude: Steve Sabella’s 38 Days of Re-Collection” (PDF)

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view on Kerber Verlag website

New Vision – Arab Contemporary Art in the 21st Century

TransGlobe Publishing and Thames & Hudson, 2009


Edited by Hossein Amirsadeghi, Salwa Mikdadi & Nada M. Shabout


“Five groundbreaking essays offer the best context to date for contemporary Arab art. These are followed by some 90 superbly illustrated profiles of key artists, organizations and galleries. Mixing the well known (such as Mona Hatoum or Susan Hefuna) with the up and coming (for example, Steve Sabella or Mireille Astore).”

One of the most important themes running throughout all of Sabella’s work is the concept of exile, the result of growing up in a divided city such as Jerusalem: ‘As far as I remember I always felt out of place in my city of birth. Alienation was surrounding me. Kamal Boullata [another Jerusalem artist] remarked…how I function like an artist in exile even though I lived in my city of birth. It took me a few years to understand the meaning of his words. I was not “physically” in exile. It was Jerusalem that was exiled and hence…all those who lived in it were in exile.’


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Archaeology of the Future

Maretti Editore, 2014


Texts by  Karin Adrian von Roque ‘Steve Sabella: An Encounter’, Beatrice Benedetti ‘Discoveries of a Mental Journey’, Leda Mansour ‘In the Darkroom with Steve Sabella’ and Steve Sabella ‘Archaeology of the Future’

Published for the Archaeology of the Future solo exhibition International Center for Photography Scavi Scaligeri, Verona, Italy

In collaboration with Boxart Gallery (Verona) and Berloni Gallery (London)

October 8 – November 16, 2014

read Archaeology of the Future by Steve Sabella (PDF)

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On the Arab-Jew, Palestine, and Other Displacements 

Pluto Press, 2017

By Ella Shohat


Winner, Best Memoir, Palestine Book Awards (2017)


read Ella Shohat’s foreword on the works of Steve Sabella (PDF) 

view on Pluto Press website


steve sabella studio book projects 

The Artist’s Curse
To be published in 2020


The Artist’s Curse takes the form of a series of short reflections and pieces of advice, fragments that together form a well-rounded and dimensional text about the art world, written from the perspective of a practicing artist. In September 2017, Sabella began publishing a new passage—or “curse”—online every day. The content of these short-form texts can range from revelatory notions of the artist’s life to revealing rogue practices of the art world. Each are titled separately, and can read like prose poems or compacted theses. Psalm-like, they invite a daily glance, a meditation, or a pragmatic choice.


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Palestine – UNSETTLED ” is a photo book using its white pages like walls. Exhibited within its space are 160 breathtaking images transporting you on a unique voyage to Palestine.


Winner of the AFAC grant in 2017

exhibition catalogues



For the Fragments solo exhibition

Berloni Gallery, London, UK

March 7 – May 10, 2014


visit Berloni Gallery website



For the Independence solo exhibition

Meem Gallery, Dubai, UAE

October 8 – November 16, 2014


Free Falling into the Future by Madeline Yale Preston (PDF)

In Conversation with Steve Sabella

by Madeline Yale Preston (PDF)

Foreword by Meagan Kelly Horsman (PDF)

view full catalogue (PDF)
visit Meem Gallery website




For the Layers solo exhibition

Contemporary Art Platform, Kuwait City, Kuwait

September 22 – October 21, 2014



Beyond Palestine by Malu Halasa (PDF)
Foreword by Abed Al Kadiri (PDF)


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visit Contemporary Art Platform website

Palestine – Contemporary Art from within and beyond the border

Imago Mundi Luciano Benetton Collection, 2016



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view on Imago Mundi website 


German Cool

For the German Cool group exhibition 

Salsali Private Museum, Dubai, UAE

November 16, 2016 – March 19, 2016


view page on Steve Sabella (PDF)
view full catalogue (PDF)

visit Salsali Private Museum website

In Exile


For the In Exile solo exhibition
Metroquadro Gallery, Rivoli, Italy

May 6 – July 17, 2010



Conversation with the Artist by Sara Rossino (PDF)


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visit Metroquadro Gallery website

Nel Mezzo Del Mezzo


For the Nel Mezzo Del Mezzo group exhibition

Museo Riso, Palermo, Italy

Curated by Marco Bazzini, Bartomeu Mari & Christine Macel

October 10 – November 30, 2015


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view full catalogue (PDF)

Première Biennale Des Photographes Du Monde Arabe Contemporain

(The First Biennial of Photographers of the Contemporary Arab World)


For the Première Biennale Des Photographes Du Monde Arabe Contemporain group exhibition

Arab World Institute, Paris, France

November 11, 2015 – January 17, 2016


view pages on Steve Sabella (PDF)

view full catalogue (PDF)

visit the Arab World Institute website

Walls and Margins


For the Walls and Margins group exhibition 

Barjeel Art Foundation, Shajah, UAE

October 21, 2015 – February 1, 2016



Perturbed Visions essay by Nat Muller (PDF) 


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visit Barjeel Art Foundation website

Yalla Shebab Film Festival // 2015


Cineporto, Lecce, Italy

Organized by Association MENA

June 12 – 15, 2015

view page on Steve Sabella (PDF)

View from Inside: Contemporary Arab Photography, Video and Mixed Media Art 

Schilt Publishing, 2014


For the Fotofest Biennial group exhibition 

Houston, Texas, USA

March 15 – April 27, 2014


Abu Dhabi Festival, Abu Dhabi, UAE

March 21 – April 21, 2015


Texts by by Karin Adrian von Roques, Claude W. Sui, Samir Mohda and Mona Khazindar


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read more about FotoFest 2014

visit Abu Dhabi Festival website 

Recreational Purpose

Edited by Noura Al Sayeh and Sulaf Zakharia


For the Recreational Purpose group exhibition
Bahrain National Museum, Manama, Bahrain

April 13 – August 15, 2014



Recreational Purpose: Bahrain Revisited by Sulaf Zakharia (PDF) 
Seeing and Unseeing Through Recreational Purpose by Nat Muller (PDF) 
Insider/Outsider Photographers and the Intra-cultural Tourism Landscape by Isabella Ellahah Hughes (PDF)  
Foreword (PDF)


visit the Bahrain National Museum website

Keep Your Eye On The Wall

Saqi Books, 2013

Edited by Olivia Snaije and Mitchell Alber


For the Keep Your Eye On The Wall group exhibition

Les Rencontres d’Arles PhotographieArles, France

July 2 – September 23, 2013


Photoquai BiennialParis, France

September 12 – October 2, 2013


Contemporary Art Platform, Kuwait City, Kuwait  

March 12 – April 12, 2014


With foreword by Raja Shehadeh


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vist Les Rencontres d’Arles Photographie website
visit Photoquai Biennial website

Les Recontres d’Arles Photographie

Actes Sud, 2013

Edited by Jean Noël Jeanneney


For the Keep Your Eye On The Wall group exhibition
Les Recontres d’Arles Photographie, Arles, France

July 2 – September 23, 2013


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visit Les Rencontres d’Arles photographie website

The Changing Room: Arab Reflections on Praxis and Times

Edited by Aida Eltorie


For The Changing Room group exhibition
Metroquadro Gallery, Turin, Italy

September 22 – October 22, 2011



Steve Sabella in conversation with Sara Rossino (PDF) 

view full catalogue on ISSUU

visit the Metroquadro Gallery website

Told, Untold, Retold

23 Stories Through Time & Space

Skira Books, 2011


For the Told | Untold | Retold group exhibition

MATHAF: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha, Qatar

Curated by Sam Bardaouil & Till Fellrath

30 December 2010 – 28 May 2011

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visit MATHAF website

Palestine: la Creation dans tous ses Etats

(Palestine: Creation in All Its States) 

Edited by Mona Khazindar and Djamila Chakour


For the Palestine: la Creation dans tous ses Etats group exhibition

Arab World Insitute & Maison européenne de la photographie, Paris, France

June 23 – November 22, 2009


Bahrain National Museum, Manama, Bahrain


visit IMA website