HIGHLIGHTS from Ala Ebtekar’s ‘Safina,’ at The Third Line in Dubai until December 27

“Untitled” by Ala Ebtekar. (Supplied)
Updated 19 December 2018

HIGHLIGHTS from Ala Ebtekar’s ‘Safina,’ at The Third Line in Dubai until December 27

DUBAI: California-born Iranian artist Ala Ebtekar’s “Safina” is the third in a trilogy of solo exhibitions. It continues, according to The Third Line, Ebtekar’s “commitment to folding space and time onto itself.”

The exhibition includes a suite of safinas — “newly produced artist books” and presents books not only as objects but as gateways to ideas related to “inertia and travel.”

This cyanotype on canvas, which was then exposed to sunlight, has the subtitle “12 billion years, 80 minutes,” and highlights Ebtekar’s obsession with time and space. “Azimuth” is an angle that helps the position of a celestial body such as the moon or sun. Many of the pieces in the exhibition are related to the moon and nightfall.

This piece is annotated: “After Asimov and Emerson.” Ralph Waldo Emerson was a leading name in the transcendentalist movement — which argued for the inherent goodness of people and nature, while Isaac Asimov was a prolific American writer best known for his science fiction works, including the widely acclaimed “Foundation” series, in which art and engineering come together to preserve humanity’s collective knowledge.


Nora Attal has her day in the sun in Marrakesh

Updated 19 March 2019

Nora Attal has her day in the sun in Marrakesh

DUBAI: British-Moroccan model Nora Attal posed up a storm in Marrakesh’s golden sunlight for a new campaign by fashion brand Zara.

The in-demand model shared snaps from the campaign, photographed by Christian Macdonald, on her Instagram account.

The collection of photographs show Attal modelling looks from Zara’s laid-back Spring/Summer 2019 collection against a backdrop of rippling sand dunes. Her featured ensembled include kaftans and long-length cardigans with hefty stripes in a clay-and-beige color palette.

Attal is no stranger to fronting campaigns — in January, the model was chosen as one of seven rising stars to feature in British fashion house Alexander McQueen’s latest campaign.

The Spring/Summer 2019 collection photoshoot was shot by British fashion and documentary photographer Jamie Hawkesworth and featured Attal wearing a number of cowboy-inspired looks.

The year has gotten off to a busy start for Attal, who was similarly in demand in 2018, when she took to the catwalk for Elie Saab, Loewe and Dior during Paris Fashion Week in September and starred in Italian fashion label Versace’s summer advert campaign.

In May, luxury e-retailer Farfetch launched in the Middle East with a little help from the young model.

She starred in a photoshoot wearing pieces from collections on sale on the platform. The colorful photographs were accompanied by a snappy, chatty interview with the young model.
Readers got the chance to gain insight into her earliest fashion memories and learn some off-the-cuff facts about the star.

“Recently I’ve been obsessed with noughties trends. Everyone was so cool and effortless back then. Now I go out in a full Juicy Couture tracksuit with no shame,” she told Farfetch at the time.

“If I wasn’t a model, I’d probably be at university, studying to get into something like criminal investigations, profiling or law,” she added.

Attal finished off 2018 by hitting the sand dunes in the UAE — however, this time it wasn’t part of a high-end photoshoot, but rather a day of fun.

The model enjoyed an afternoon of sandboarding in the emirate of Sharjah and even posted a snap on Instagram at the time.

“Apparently sandboarding is a thing,” she captioned the sunset shot.