Nov 5, 2014
4. MEEM GALLERY (A11)
Independence, which runs until 6 December, closes the cycle of four exhibitions by Palestinian artist Steve Sabella: Fragments at London’s Berloni Gallery, Layers at Contemporary Art Platform Kuwait and Archaeology Of The Future at The International Center for Photography Scavi Scaligeri in Verona. Independence presents a photographic series that is printed in a smart phone format, through which Sabella explores new readings of his works. “For me, all art is about image making. The technique is completely irrelevant,” he says. The photographs were taken during Sabella’s visit to Croatia in 2013, where he choreographed the subjects. “I moved them the way I wanted, like a brush. But instead of using the brush, I used the camera,” he says.
STEVE SABELLA: PHOTOGRAPHY
PUBLISHED BY HATJE CANTZ VERLAG.
$62 This 208-page hardback cover is Steve Sabella's ﬁrst monograph, which looks at the Palestinian artist’s work over the last two decades. The cover is a detail of a work from 2014 entitled Sinopia. “I wanted the text on the cover to be as discreet as possible, because I wanted the work to speak for itself,” says Sabella. Known for printing on an extensive range of materials, the artist’s oeuvre reﬂects on themes of exile, identity and migration. He recently staged Independence, an exhibition of his photographic works at Dubai’s Meem Gallery, which features photographs he shot during a trip to Croatia last year. “I didn’t want to guide the viewer, I wanted the works to guide them around the space,” he notes. His visually stimulating photography conveys a state of alienation that enables viewers to familiarise with his struggles. For Sabella, his photographic arabesques are non-symmetric, which act like a metaphor for his non-symmetric life that reﬂects a state of constant transition. This is further ampliﬁed with the abstractions featured in his artworks, which lack gravity because as an artist concerned with what precedes the obvious, he focuses on the concept of space. This is a key factor that readers will be able to observe while viewing his entire body of work in this book. Artist Kamal Boullata has penned the foreword, while Hubertus von Amelunxen contributes essays that afford readers an opportunity to explore Sabella’s dreamlike world. The book also features quotes by the late, celebrated Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish. To order visit www.hatjecantz.com.