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.
The book is published on the occasion of the eponymous exhibitions at Kunstverein in Hamburg and Jameel Arts Centre, Dubai.
With contributions by: Sarah Abu Abdallah, Antonia Carver, Amal Khalaf, Tobias Peper, Rosanna Puyol, Nora Razian, Bettina Steinbrügge
Published by: Art Jameel, Kunstverein in Hamburg, Kaph Books
Design: Studio Safar
This publication was supported as Catalogue No 145 by the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach-Stiftung under its support prize “Catalogues for Young Artists”.