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Ala Ebtekar  Artist // Founder and Director of Art, Social Space and Public Discourse

On view now thru December 27. Safina / سفینه @thethirdlinedxb

last work framed for my upcoming solo show safina opening next week @thethirdlinedxb

Thrilled to hear about the most recent public art acquisition of one of my Zenith series paintings by the San Francisco International Airport. Throughout the years growing up, with family and friends arriving and departing, SFO had become a frequent destination of ours. I’ve been playing, waiting, having meals, and spending time with loved ones at this site since I was a toddler. Means a lot to have a large scale work in the collection and on public view at this very same location. Thank you to the entire @sf_arts_commission @sfac_public_art_collection and all the individuals involved for making this journey possible. Gratitude #fullcircle

Opening tonight in San Francisco @southernexposuresf ‘Thekla’ alongside artists Mark Baugh-Sasaki, Lisa K. Blatt, Yetunde Olagbaju, Marvin K. White, Elia Vargas, and curated by Lauren Marie Taylor

cosmic architecture. completed in 1629, isfahan

As the chasm between governments widens - a glimpse at a collaborative project currently underway between High School students in Khorramabad, Iran and East Palo Alto, California, working with Art, Social Space and Public Discourse artists in residence @minooshz and @tara.goudarzi .
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Students were in dialogue with one another (via Skype + Telegram) throughout the workshop series as they produced works in parallel with one another which will result in a performative work presented during next years symposium.
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Many thanks to @stanfordiranianstudies for making this project possible.
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#artandsocialspace

New work on view @thethirdlinedxb @artdubai Nightfall (after Asimov). Book pages treated with Potassium ferricyanide and Ammonium ferric citrate, and exposed to starlight.
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Book pages are from the story ‘Nightfall’ by science fiction writer Isaac Asimov, about the people who lived on a planet illuminated by sunlight at all times. Once every 2,000 years, an eclipse brought darkness to the planet, which in turn revealed a sky filled with stars. In witnessing this, and realizing their insignificance amidst the vast universe, the planet’s inhabitants went mad…

Already working on this year’s run of Art, Social Space and Public Discourse courses at Stanford University. Highlights from the first year of the initiative include on-campus exhibitions, student led programming, inaugural courses, and three-day symposia. With incredible contributions from Mohsen Namjoo, @shivabalaghi, and @slavsandtatars to name a few. As well as our artist-in-residence @ghalamdar who produced three new commissioned public art works during his residency.
Looking forward to ongoing success with @stanfordiranianstudies, IDA, Stanford students and guest curators, artists, researchers, as well as co-teaching with @jeromeureyes this Spring.
#stanford #artandsocialspace #publicart

On view now ‘Luminous Ground’, one thousand tiles made by hand from local soil and exposed to the sun to mirror the cosmos above, representing 13 billion years of cosmic history unfolded. 24’ x 10’ feet footprint reflecting the dimensions of the skylight directly above. Photo courtesy of Johnna Arnold. #benotstill

In the Central Valley with Ritsuko Miyazaki, my head ceramicist working to produce over 1000 hand made ceramic tiles from California soil for my upcoming site-specific installation @dirosaart. Thank you Ritsuko and team, Hannah Desch, Katherine De Soto, and Joe Phavorachith for all your hard work on the project. #benotstill

@gallery16 looking at early negatives for @dirosaart project with Griff Williams and Troy Peters whom I have known and enjoyed working with for the past 16 years. G16 has always supported artists, experimental projects, editions, artists’ books, and more. Thank you!

The constant (re)mirroring of the heavenly and earthly seen through the reflection of the sun in the center of a fountain in the garden. A lifelong conversation between two mystics, Shams Al-Dīn Tabrīzī and Rumi. 1590.
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from ‘Tarjuma-i Thawāqib-i manāqib’ (A Translation of Stars of the Legend), in Turkish. Translation requested in 1590 by Sultan Murād III from the Persian abridgement of Aflākī. #shams #rumi

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