On Saturday, April 18, 2015, Sazmanab artist-in-residence Ala Ebtekar in conversation with Ahoo Najafian discussed Ebtekar’s recent exhibition at The Third Line “nowheresville \ ‘nä-kōja,-abäd \” and the themes around which the exhibition was conceived; light, translation and Iranian Futurism.
Ala Ebtekar was born in Berkeley in 1978 and obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts from San Francisco Art Institute in 2002 followed by a Masters of Fine Arts from Stanford University in 2006. He is currently a visiting lecturer in the Department of Art & Art History at Stanford University. Ala’s work has been widely exhibited internationally. His solo shows include Parallax, Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, USA (2014); Absent Arrival, Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, USA (2012); Elsewhen, The Third Line, Dubai, UAE (2012); Indelible Whispers of the Sun, Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles, USA (2010); Re-emergence, Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, USA (2010); 1388, The Third Line, Dubai UAE (2009); Hampah, Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles, USA (2009); Emergence, Richmond Art Center, Richmond, California, USA (2006). Ala’s works are part of several notable public and private collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA; Berkeley Art Museum, CA, USA; Deutsche Bank, Frankfurt, Germany; de Young Fine Arts Museum, San Francisco, USA; and Farjam Collection, UAE. Ala currently lives and works in California, USA.
Ahoo Najafian is a PhD candidate in Islamic Studies in the Department of Religious Studies at Stanford University. Her research interests include contemporary literature and visual arts in Islamicate societies with a focus on Iran, issues of identities, authenticity, and gender.
Saturday, April 18, 2015 – 4 PM