Steve Sabella, born in Jerusalem in 1975, is a London / Berlin based artist. He is the holder of the Ellen Auerbach Award (2008) granted by the Akademie der Künste (Academy of the Arts) in Berlin and Sabella is also one of the commissioned artists for the inauguration of MATHAF Arab Museum of Modern Art.
Steve Sabella’s artworks have been collected by the British Museum in London, Mathaf: Arab Musuem of Modern Art in Doha, Ars Aevi museum in Sarajevo and leading collectors in the Middle East including the Barjeel Art Foundation in Sharjah.
Sabella’s international shows include: Neighbors in Dialogue (Istanbul, Turkey 2007 and Sarajevo, Bosnia 2008), Gates of the Mediterranean (Rivoli, Italy, 2008), Palestine, La Création Dans Tous Ses Etats, Institut du Monde Arabe &the National Museum of Bahrain (Paris 2009), Deconstructing Myths & Realties, Gallery Caprice Horn, Berlin, NOW – Contemporary Art of the 21st Century, Phillips De Pury (London 2009), and This is Not a Love Song, The Empty Quarter gallery (Dubai 2010), Award Month, Akademie der Künste (Berlin 2010), a retrospective solo Steve Sabella In Exile at the Metroquadro Gallery (Turin 2010) The Interrupted Image, Nicholas Robinson Gallery (New York 2010), Told Untold Retold, MATHAF Arab Museum of Modern Art (Doha 2011).
Sabella’s project jerusalem in exile explored the mental image Palestinians held of Jerusalem and has gained international attention, leading to its production into a documentary film (eyes infinite productions). Consequently, Sabella has been giving a visual form through photomontage to the ‘state of mind’ of living in ‘mental exile’.
Steve Sabella studied art photography at the Jerusalem School of Photography and New Media in 1994, and holds a BA in Visual Arts from the State University of New York (2007). Sabella received his first MA with a Caparo Award of Distinction in Photographic Studies (2008) from the University of Westminster and his second MA in Art Business (2009) at Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London. Sabella gave art talks / presentations in several places including the University of Cambridge, Turin University, SOAS, University of East London, Accademia Albertina Delle Belle Arti in Turin, Rostock University, Akademie der Künste in Berlin & and the British Museum in London.
Sabella’s artworks and life triggered much media attention, including several TV & film documentaries. In Exile was on the front and back cover of Contemporary Practices journal VI, 2010 including two retrospective reviews. His earlier artworks have been reviewed in Palestinian Art by Kamal Boullata (Saqi Books 2009), and recent artworks have been reviewed in New Vision: Arab Contemporary Art in the 21st Century (Thames & Hudson 2009).