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All That Remains


Wood shard collected from Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp on top of fragments
with photographs taken in a Palestinian house occupied by Israelis in 1948.

Glass & Light Installation | 195 x 22 x 22 cm | UNIQUE

Arts Illustrated

Reunification of Self and Home

Since then, whether at home or living in physical exile, he’s been among the Palestinian artists who use their media to challenge notions of authority and politics, as well as examine the personal and cultural impacts of the area’s ongoing occupation and violence. His work not only explores those underlying issues and interweaves questions surrounding notions of identity, reality and hyperreality but also offers solutions that, if not practical, are startling in their boldness.


BLOCKS exhibition catalogue | Museo Riso, Albergo della Povere | Palermo

Daniela Brignone | ALL THAT REMAINS

The work All That Remains was presented to the public on May 15, 2018, the day of the 70th anniversary of the start of the expulsion of 700,000 Palestinians from the land of Palestine - an event known as Nakba or "catastrophe" for the Arabs of Palestine.

A game of mirrors creates a cross-reference between the materials contained in the cube. The silence and the light effects produce an environment of profound reflection. In putting the materials together, a relationship of proximity is established between them and at the same time their autonomy is recognized.

The combination is strong and speaks for itself, placing the observer in front of big questions. How could what had already happened happened? Can a mortally wounded people procure for another people the same people they suffered? Was another solution possible? Will that paradox ever end? The themes that the work leads to face are immense, universal and yet concrete at the same time. Healthy themes that burn every day for over 70 years on the skin of those who live the paradox and of those who observe it. In the great circle of history can events repeat themselves with an inversion of the parts that leaves no hope for the progress of humanity?

Sabella, a Palestinian artist born in Jerusalem, often rifts in his works, on the Israeli- Palestinian conflict. All That Remains is a project that offers new spaces for discussion and is a further step in the construction of the message of liberation of the Palestinian people launched in several works by Steve Sabella.

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BLOCKS exhibition

Museo Riso, Albergo della Povere | Palermo

photo by Babilonia | Luca Ferracane

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