For the past decade, Sarah Bahbah has been combining her innermost thoughts with custom imagery to create unabashedly emotional, curious and unabashed art. The Palestinian/Jordanian artist’s work is so ubiquitous that you’ve probably seen photographs of her in a gallery in various countries; in music videos for Kygo, for whom she has directed three; or on Instagram, where she posts for her 1.1 million followers, who harbor a cult following of her work.
But even if you can’t place it, you’ll no doubt recognize Bahbah’s work: she’s pioneering a style of art that includes captions to express the artist’s innermost thoughts. With captions like “I can’t tell if I’m not okay or better than ever” or “I gave myself three orgasms and a pizza,” Bahbah generously shares the psychological underpinnings of her already personal self. to work. And now, for the first time, you can access Bahbah’s entire work in person: she’s releasing a deluxe fine art book chronicling a decade of her art. Noble Dear love, The book is a monumental undertaking: Split into four chapters, the book divides its work into themes: “Dear Heart,” “Dear Darkness,” “Dear Light,” and “Dear Love.”
“This is a book about love, but most of the chapters inside reflect a life without it. This is not just a coffee table book, it is also an autobiography about the last 30 years of my life and how I relied on my craft to survive, heal, unlearn conditional love, reconcile myself and my identity, and find my way. towards pure love, a love that kept me here today,” Bahbah tells NYLON. “I reveal so much of myself in this book, this level of vulnerability brought me face to face with doubt, self-criticism, impostor syndrome, and intrusive thoughts every day I worked on this book, but deep down I know the real truth. emotional release. and healing comes from radical transparency and liberation, and this book exists for me to release pain, celebrate unconditional growth, my craft and the life I have lived in all darkness and light, and to melt in pure love and divine. .”
Spanning over 420 pages, the book includes more than 600 photographs and features 20 visual projects, including Bahbah’s most famous series: sex and takeawayfeaturing people in varying degrees of undress, usually eating on and around the bed; fool me twice which explores the oh-so-heady trap of the anxious-avoidant attachment style; Y “3ieb!” in Arabic / “What a shame!” in Englis, where she first focused the camera, posing provocatively to express her desire for sexual liberation from her cultural restrictions. The subtitles appeared in both English and Arabic, causing uproar in some communities in the Middle East and North Africa, while also giving a voice to a broad cross-section of women.
“Bahbah’s kaleidoscope of art offers us an unparalleled glimpse into her inner world, reminding us of the intricate healing process and the fragile beauty of human relationships,” says writer Rachel Cargle in a book review. “His dreamlike images of her call us to accept, imagine and count on the vulnerability that life often demands. The same vulnerability that we sometimes try to avoid. And this is not easy: she draws from her own well of trauma, anguish, loss, hope and euphoria.
bahbah has long pioneered a movable scale model for art, and based on their values, the book will be available on a pay-what-you-can model, from $60 to $300, with the minimum option designed for those who can’t afford more. The book is entirely self-financed, self-published, and owned by a woman of color.
“I am so excited and nervous to share my heart with you like never before,” says Bahbah. “I love you all, this book would not have been possible if you had not been here supporting me as an independent artist from day one. You have my heart.”
Dear love is available on December 1st.