The nine squares of Everland are a photo collage of Palestinian embroidery sewn and woven on a wide variety of traditional costumes. This disappearing tradition is passed from generation to generation by women who sew patterns and motifs to reveal their heritage, ancestry, and place of origin.
Everland celebrates all the charm that comes out of Palestine, a place where everything gets disrupted. Yet, the collage style enables the different cross stitches, among other techniques, to penetrate deep into new borders, creating unique designs that look as if they represent every other culture.
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In Conversation with Steve Sabella
Why did you create the Everland series? How was the project born?
Just before the Coronavirus engulfed our reality, I was one out of forty people from all over the world chosen to be part of a co-action creative group to counter extremism through arts and culture. Our first encounter was in Venice on that weekend when it drowned, was in a state of emergency. And that’s how we all felt about the state of the world, weeks before the virus invasion. On wide whiteboards, we started drawing a new image of the world as we imagined it. Our second encounter was in Brussels, and our mission was to transform this imagination into reality before we headed to Washington, D.C., to decide on the action. None of us argued, agreed, or disputed. All of our conversations started with an “and”, where everyone contributed, adding to the bigger picture, which we all solve together. The “I” was silenced, replaced by what “we” can do to create a world based on global awareness.
Every time everland is on display, the squares can be put in a different constellation, including their orientation to any side. This way, everland will always have endless possibilities, creating a new visual, forever changing.
Collector edition of 6/6 + 2AP | 50/50 cm
Museum edition of 6/6 + 2AP | 80/80 cm
Acquired by the Institut du Monde Arabe Museum in Paris