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For the First Time in a Long Time
Sarah Abu Abdallah

For the First Time in a Long Time Sarah Abu Abdallah

For the First Time in a Long Time Sarah Abu AbdallahFor the First Time in a Long Time
Sarah Abu Abdallah
English, Arabic

Foreword by Bettina Steinbrügge.


160 pages
217 x 177 mm
ISBN 9786148035388


For the First Time in a Long Time is the first monograph on the work of Sarah Abu Abdallah and comprises works from 2012 to 2019. As a visual diary, the publication guides the reader through Abu Abdallah’s artworks as a blend of artist book and exhibition catalogue.

Working across video, painting, text and installation Abu Abdallah’s work is a meditation on our media saturated present, and the tension between our virtual personas and real lived experiences. Influenced by the online flows of data and images as well as pop culture in the Gulf, her work is an intimate reflection on the anxieties of a hyperconnected present.

About the Artist
Sarah Abu-Abdallah’s (b. 1990 in Qatif, KSA where she lives and works) work challenges the impossible by piecing together improbable elements and connections as a gesture of hope and outlet for new narratives through video, installation, poetry, images and conversations. Initially trained as a painter, Sarah Abu Abdallah was later attracted to the documentary capacities of the camera, as well as the possibilities inherent in video and performance, leading her to create multimedia works. Through references to gender roles and the female experience, Abu Abdullah’s explores issues of obscurity and value, probing the social and cultural conditions of contemporary Saudi Arabia.

About the Publisher
KAPH Books, founded in 2015, is a publishing house based in Beirut, Lebanon, specialised in quality art books – photography, fine arts – on Middle-Eastern artists or art practices. Each book is unique, created in collaboration with the artist and the contributors, with high technical and design quality. Our mission is to promote the talent of artists from the region – whether they gained international recognition or are still emerging.

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