This publication presents Independence, a body of photographic works realized in 2013 by artist Steve Sabella. Born in Jerusalem, Palestine, Sabella often considers the plight and struggle of the Palestinian people in their fight for independence in his work. Sabella is well known globally for his abstracted style, showcased in series such as In Exile (2008), Euphoria (2010), Beyond Euphoria (2011) and Metamorphosis (2012). In Independence, we see a departure from collage, a prolific method in his work, and also the introduction of figures for the first time in some years. These figures hang in darkness, perhaps in outer space or the deep sea-yet in no place and no time-seemingly peaceful but unsettled. The bodies' fractured bones and distortions can be seen, as if through an x-ray. Are the tangled and entwined figures helping or hindering one another? The expansive darkness and dismembered bodies present ambiguous and polarizing reflections: utopia vs. dystopia, internal vs. external, and suspension vs. catharsis.
The catalogue features an interview with Sabella by Madeline Yale Preston (independent curator and PhD candidate at Chelsea College of Arts, London) and an Introduction by Meagan Kelly Horsman.