Ala Ebtekar

Ala Ebtekar

Nowheresville \ 'nä-kōja,-abäd \

March 16 - April 18, 2015

Ala Ebtekar, Nowheresville \ 'nä-kōja,-abäd \, 2015, installation view

Ala Ebtekar - Nowheresville \ 'nä-kōja,-abäd \

The Third Line is pleased to open its Spring 2015 program with Ala Ebtekar’s Nowheresville \ 'nä-kōja,-abäd \ . Working with ideas of the celestial, home to planetary and spiritual configurations that have fascinated humanity since the beginning of time, the artist combines early 12th Century traditions of Persian cosmic philosophy with modern-day scientific imaging of the heavens. His explorations over the years, into the union of both spectrums, and a search for the portals into imagined futures, culminate in this mystical homage to Light.

Press Release

Project Space: Abbas Akhavan, Study for a Curtain

Group Show

Summer Show 2014

June 4 - July 24, 2014

Sara Naim _Al Niente _2009_C-type Digital Print _50.8x 43.18cm

The Third Line will be closing the season with Summer Show 2014, presenting a selection of artworks by artists represented by the gallery and those who have shown at the gallery in the past. 

With a series of media ranging across photography, painting, sculpture and installations, Summer Show 2014 will be showcasing the works of Arwa Abouon, Ala Ebtekar, Ebtisam Abdulaziz, Golnaz Fathi, Hassan Hajjaj, Huda Lutfi, Laleh Khorramian, Pouran Jinchi, Rana Begum, Rhea Karam and Sara Naim.

Group Presentation

Frieze London 2013

October 17 - 20, 2013

SAM_Bint -Schrodinger -(Schrodinger 's -Girl )_2013_Video -Installation -on -3-cuboglass -TV_Still -2

Ala Ebtekar


January 18 – March 08, 2012


Informed both by his cultural background and what it means to be a part of a diasporic community in the 21st Century, Ala Ebtekar’s meticulous paintings, drawings, and installations have imagined what the present day could look like if it collided with history and mythology.

Exhibited widely throughout the United States and internationally, Ebtekar’s impressive body of work over the past decade has drawn evocative parallels between events unfolding today and events and stories of the past. Challenged by an increasing desire to look towards the future and how to manifest this palpable impulse into a new series of work, he began researching the narratives and concepts of the literary genre of science fiction, where depictions of the future, space flight, and time travel set the stage for narratives of realistic speculation about possible future events.

Group Show

Snail Fever

June 22 - July 28, 2011


Curated by Sara Mameni, this exhibition includes works by Abbas Akhavan, Fatima Al Qadiri and Khalid al Gharaballi, Ala Ebtekar, Haris Epaminonda, Christodoulos Panayiotou, Rayyane Tabet, Slavs and Tatars and Newsha Tavakolian.

This exhibition is about music - especially the kind that goes viral. The artists in the show think about music epidemically. They invoke musicians who never die or those who become alive only through death. They present the body of musicians in their absence, in their disembodiments and in their replacements with the curved neck of the gramophone or the magnetic cones of a boombox. They confront us with the fictionality of icons, projecting our own inadequate selves within it.  Music here is made visual, scaled into words and images, haunted by the specter of the voice. 

Ala Ebtekar


October 08 - November 05, 2009

AE_Kafsh O Kolah [helmet ]_2009_Rubber And Leather _80x 22x 22cm _detail 1_650

For Ebtekars first solo exhibition at The Third Line, the artist explores iconic figures from contemporary Iran. In this new series, Ebtekar paints directly onto color photographs of Iranian women in iconic poses demonstrating strength and vision.

The scarves (roosari) that cover their head and hair are transformed into a soft armor, although delicately detailed and placed; they reference a strong spirit and resilience. Ebtekar portrays women as warriors, suggestive of both ancient Persian epics and the most recent call for freedom by Irans youth - a movement frequently led quite visibly by Iranian women, who have re-entered the world stage with a particular power and grace.

Group Show

Under the Indigo Dome

January 08 – February 08, 2007


Ala Ebtekar and Amir Fallah’s artworks are stepping stones of sorts, suggesting as many similarities as differences between such extremes.             

Ebtekar’s black and white drawings, sketched on paper, like studies for an oil-daubed masterpiece, Kushti warriors are integrated with B-Boy poses that simultaneously echo a faded era of popular culture while mirroring the integration of hip-hop culture into an equally pop mainstream today. Each figure rests under an ornamented dome-like arc; soldiers of the past forming a fortified structure with the equally macho posturing of rap artists, break-dancers and MCs.

Fallah meanwhile takes a more personal approach to explore notions of identity and masculinity. His second exhibition with The Third Line, he has here created a series of drawings on paper, large paintings, photographs and an installation all inspired by boyhood and ideas of what constitutes a ‘safe haven’.