Steve Sabella Studio 
winter 2017

Memoir Publication
published by Kerber Verlag 
design: Verena Gerlach 
304 Pages English
limited edition of 1250 + 150 APs 
hardcover with clothbound
swiss brochure 
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.
Al-Araby Al-Jadeed

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Steve Sabella's The Parachute Paradox - Book Launch at ICI Berlin Oct 18, 2016
Discussion with Alya Sebti, director of ifa-Galerie Berlin, and Dr. Almút Sh. Bruckstein, founder of Taswir Projects. Berlin launch of The Parachute Paradox, Oct 18, 2016 
The artist teaches us ways of escape from the deadlocks of visual codes inspired by the power of the imagination. Steve Sabella takes the entire world for an imagination within the imagination—in alliance with 13th century mystics who develop this vision in order to develop their characteristic poetry and art. The Parachute Paradox is therefore also a book about the transformation of the self, about freedom, about liberating the image of Jerusalem from her ideological confinement, about the power of love, and about the artistic imagination breaking free.
Dr. Almút Sh. Bruckstein

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Life In Berlin: 'The Parachute Paradox' 
interview with Lily Kelting, Jan 4, 2017 
We are now seeing a generation of Palestinians that can’t even imagine living in freedom, so how on earth can one expect to liberate the land of Palestine? If the mind is not liberated, there is no way to liberate anything. In three words, the book could be about decolonization of the imagination.
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Book launch of 'The Parachute Paradox' by Steve Sabella at SOAS University of London
Discussion with Dr. Siba Aldabbagh and Professor Wen-Chin Ouyang, Q&A and signing 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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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.
يرى الفنّان الفلسطيني ستيف سابيلا أن تحرير الإنسان لمدركاته ووعيه من استعمار المخيّلة واجب أساسي؛ فهو أخطر من استعمار الأرض، في حين يرى أن تحرير أرض فلسطين يحتاج إلى المخيّلة الجماعية لا الفردية فحسب.  "معضلة مظلّة هبوط" شبيه بسرد روائي لسيرة حياة الفنان المقدسي وتجاربه تحت الاحتلال الإسرائيلي، ويطرح موضوعة لم يسبق أن طرحها الأدب الفلسطيني؛ وهي تحرير الذات والوطن من خلال تحرير المخيّلة، في وضعية يتعرّض فيها الإنسان إلى اغتراب مزدوج؛ عن ذاته وعن مدينته المحتلّة التي تتحوّل إلى مدينة منفية أيضاً.

Interview with Corinne Martin
Selections Magazine
Stitched Wounds

Nov 2016


What do you hope to accomplish by publishing this book?

Many people ask me this question. From the perspective of an artist, I always like to share how I look at the world and perceive it. When I don’t share this creative energy it gets stagnant within me and I get sick. When I’m done with a project I always feel liberated. And with this book in particular, it seems to target Palestine and Israel and calls for the end of the brutal occupation. It also deals with the reality that we all live under systems that dictate to us how to live, think and even imagine. 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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Interview with Tal Alon
Spitz Magazine
Nov 2016
In order to be able to claim yourself to be "from planet earth", you must first uproot yourself, and look at stuff from the outside – then you may choose where you want to live and foster a universal worldview and a sense of justice. It doesn’t go to say that I renounce where I came from. It’s a fact of life and I’m very proud of it. But when you’ve spent years in different places, the question of where you’re from becomes an ever-smaller part of your life.
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In conversation with poet, novelist, and critic Mohammad AlAsad at The Contemporary Art Platform (CAP) in Kuwait which sponsored the first launch of The Parachute Paradox 
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.

الجواب الراهن فلسطينياً طرحته تجربة إدوارد سعيد، وقوله بالهوية ذات الطبيعة السائلة التي لا تستقر، أولا يجب أن تستقر، بوصفها ما يمكن أن يبدعه الإنسان في تحول دائم. ولكن ستيف يضيف معنى جديداً في كتابه يستمده من حياته في القدس المنفية، ثم من منافيه، في لندن وبرلين، حيث يقيم. إنها الهوية المتراكبة التي تصعد من الأولى من البداية، حيث ولد ضمن التصنيفات الجارية، من العائلة ثم المجتمع فالوطن، وأخيراً هذا الوطن الأوسع، وطن الإنسان. لا يقول ستيف إنه مع قضية شعبه المعرّض لكل صنوف الاقتلاع من الذات والأرض، فهذه بديهية لا تناقش، ولكنه وهذا هو الأكثر أهمية مع «العدالة»، مع «الحق» أياً كان مكانه وزمانه. هنا يعلو الفنان نحو هوية يبدأ هو بتطريزها، والتعبير له، بخيوط نابعة مما يرى ويعلم ويتعلم 
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Upcoming Exhibition
BITS & PIECES, A Double Solo by Steve Sabella & Rebecca Raue

Curated by Shulamit Bruckstein, founder of House of Taswir

A “Special Edition”- book will be published with seven critical essays. 
Image from 38 Days of Recollection, 2014. 

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