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.