Sarah Irving

I do things with words, mainly English and Arabic

Reviewed: Steve Sabella – Photography 1997-2014

Electronic Intifada, 2nd November 2015

Some of the most viscerally disturbing pictures in the book are to be found in the 2006 sequence titled “Exit.”
This is made up of photographs of the backs of many different hands and wrists. All belong to elderly people; the skin is almost translucent, many seem bruised or withered and some are gnarled with arthritis.
The title of the work is ambiguous; is the “exit” the extremity of the body, the ends of the fingers? Or the apparently imminent exit from life?
But the images are also fascinating; each hand, on examination, implying so many tales of work, touch, love, injury, beauty and pain.

The full review is here.

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