TRIBUTE TO BEIRUT - Salâmun li Bayrût - STEVE SABELLA.

From 4 to 14 May - Fonds Claude & France Lemand-IMA

  • SABELLA, Elsewhere 1.

    Elsewhere 1, 2020. Original photomontage. Lambda print, mounted on matt diasec, 55 x 55 cm. Special Edition. © Steve Sabella. Courtesy Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris.

  • SABELLA, Elsewhere 2.

    Elsewhere 2, 2020. Original photomontage. Lambda print, mounted on matt diasec, 55 x 55 cm. Special Edition. © Steve Sabella. Courtesy Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris.

  • SABELLA, Elsewhere 3.

    Elsewhere 2, 2020. Original photomontage. Lambda print, mounted on matt diasec, 55 x 55 cm. Special Edition. © Steve Sabella. Courtesy Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris.

  • SABELLA, Elsewhere 4.

    Elsewhere 4, 2020. Original photomontage. Lambda print, mounted on matt diasec, 55 x 55 cm. Special Edition. © Steve Sabella. Courtesy Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris.

  • SABELLA, Elsewhere 5.

    Elsewhere 5, 2020. Original photomontage. Lambda print, mounted on matt diasec, 55 x 55 cm. Special Edition. © Steve Sabella. Courtesy Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris.

TRIBUTE TO BEIRUT - Salâmun li Bayrût - STEVE SABELLA.

Elsewhere.

Elsewhere is a col­lage of black and white images from 19th cen­tury his­toric Palestine, with some pic­tures from Syria and Lebanon, hand-col­ored in the past to give them back then a sense of reality. I col­laged them, recre­ating the feeling of the place as if one trav­eled through a time machine, and was sud­denly pre­sent. It feels as if the people look at me in many images - the new pho­tog­ra­pher, blending layers of time and his­tory. And then this new pho­tog­ra­pher becomes the viewer, you, pre­sent mag­i­cally in the past.

Elsewhere is the Renaissance of cul­ture and life con­stantly under era­sure. Yet, the spirit of the place and its people will always be alive. Elsewhere is a journey to the land that once was, the land, the place that lives in our imag­i­na­tion. I feel it is my sem­inal work after all those years of looking into the image to dis­cover their hidden real­i­ties. I recently wrote about how the archae­ology of the future is the archae­ology of the image and its genealogy. Now look at these works and think of time, the layers of his­tory, archae­ology, genealogy, geog­raphy, and anthro­pology. Now add a dose of imag­i­na­tion and mythology.

Below, I include the ones where I placed scenes from Lebanon in the heart of Palestine, revealing a sim­ilar spirit. There is a Damascus in Jerusalem, as much as there is a Jerusalem in Beirut, and a Beirut in Haifa. You can iden­tity the scenes that come from Lebanon when you look at the orig­inal monochromes.

Photochrome 7. You see Baalbeck "Temple du Soleil" as if part of Jaffa Gate in Jerusalem, and on top in the far horizon is a scene from the actual site (as if a New Temple).

Photochrome 10. You also see the remains of Baalbeck, in front of the inte­rior of a house in Damascus. The water scene is from the port of Jaffa. Imagine 1948 here!

Photochrome 11. Baalbeck in the fore­ground, and Sour Tyr on top. And in between, people sit­ting at the Dead Sea in Palestine.

Photochrome 15. Cactus from a Palestinian vil­lage in front of a field leading to Tiberius lake, with Lebanon’s Arz trees in the back­ground.

Photochrome 19. The people, water, or the fore­ground are from Saida, with Damascus urban scene in the middle, and the pinkish hills on top are from Syria, and on top is a scenic moun­tain view from Beirut.

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