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Ala Ebtekar

Mix, Remix: Interview with Ala Ebtekar  
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8/25/13

San Francisco, Aug. 2013: I first saw Ala Ebtekar’s work on a billboard in downtown San Francisco. Juxtaposed amidst condo developments and rush hour traffic, it was a visual reprieve. It broke up a familiar landscape, one where billboard iconography is quite familiar and expected, and presented a new motif. The animal-like character featured in the center of a patterned background was almost recognizable, perhaps a ceremonial beast of some ancient history, but just abstract enough to welcom... [more]

20101004125453-installationview2 La Lotería   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Raul Aguilar, Saul Aguirre, Natalia Anciso, Jose Andreu, Rene Arceo, Balam Bartolome, Tom Burtonwood, Javier Carmona, Mario Castillo, CHema, Miguel Cortez, Luis Delgado, Luis Delgado-Qualtrough, Humberto Duque, Ala Ebtekar, Felipe Ehrenberg, Scott Espeseth, Jim Finn, Chris Flynn, Eric J. Garcia, Maria Gaspar, MAXIMO GONZALES, Maximo Gonzalez, Ruben Gutierrez, Daniel Guzman, Terence Hannum, Jill Hartley, Charles Hobson, Rodrigo Imaz, David Jones, Damara Kaminecki, Christopher Kerr, Michelle Korte, Andy Kozlowski, Mauricio Limon, Alexis Mackenzie, Gabriella Via Cal y Mayor, Gabriel Mejia, Hugh Merrill, Darren Oberto, JOYCE OWENS, Michael Pajon, Adolfo Patino, Adolfo Patiño, Marilyn Propp, Robert Ransick, Kevin Riordan, Michael Scoggins, Eduardo De Soignie, Fred Stonehouse, Michael Velliquete, Larry Vigon, Eddie Villanueuva, Teresa Villegas at Center for Book & Paper Arts September 9th, 2010 - December 1st, 2010
Posted 10/4/10

Since the early 19th century, La Lotería, or lottery, has been a popular game of chance in Mexico and Central America. Similar to Bingo, it’s played with a deck of 54 named and numbered cards, each displaying a vivid pictogram. Along with regional variations of the decks, individual Lotería callers often imbue each game with unique phrases for each card that run the gambit from rhyming poetic verse to singular, surrealistic epithets that either illustrate or belie the imagery of the card in play... [more]

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