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Ala Ebtekar (b. 1978) is an artist who works between his native San Francisco Bay Area and Tehran, Iran. Born
in Berkeley, California to Iranian activist/artist/architect parents, from an early age, he developed an affinity
towards various notions of in-between-ness, which has led him to explore the many spaces amongst the two
cultures, both shared and separated, momentary and boundless. Such experiences have evolved into a dynamic
practice that disquiets dominant notions of identity and complicates cultural difference. For the past twenty
years, he has situated his art practice as a multitude of spaces between, and even above.
Ala’s recent investigations have created liminal experiences to longer notions of scientific duration beyond
human timelines, cosmic travel and the phenomenology of light. These projects bring forth sculptural and
photographic possibilities of the universe gazing back through endless collapses of time and physical reworking
of centuries old processes of image making. Ala’s practice extends how our contemporary moments both live
together as minuscule and paramount amidst an infinite score of skies and stars.