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Ali Ettehad
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College / University
Art University of Tehran
Program / Degree
December 6, 1983
Member type
Artist, Critic, Curator
If you're an artist, what kind of art do you make?
Digital, Installation, Performance, Photography, Video
I am...
Ali Ettehad is an Artist, art curator and critic. He was born in 1983, Sari, Iran. He studied cinema in Tehran Art University; and ancient Persian language in Tehran University and Neyshabour foundation. After that he continued researching in this field and Persian mysticism.
About my artwork
His works contain of two different parts. The main part is the part which he named “confidence”* series; has begun since 2007 and hasn’t finished yet. This series consists of many different works and sub-series and different mediums such as video-animation, environmental work, video art, installation, performance, digital images and etc. The second part consists of the works which are like his diary and sometimes his reaction to socio-political conditions. He obliged himself to use the vocabulary of Persian mysticism in his “confidence” series; but the other works don’t obey this rule. During the past seven years he has worked with many different Iranian Art magazines. He has considerable numbers of critiques and essays about Art in Iran and outside, published in different art magazines.

*) “Confidence” is a term that explains relationship between mystic followers and their mentor. The person out of their circle is not aware of their manner and when he becomes aware he must keep the secret. “Confidence” series is rooted in ancient Mithraistic traditions and its regeneration in Islamic Persian sophism. This series has begun its work with referrals to ancient script; and slowly went towards auto-referent stories.
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At 9:00 on July 25, 2010, Shann Larsson said…
hey there, sorry for the late add
i havent been connected to this site in a while (usually on msyapce/alivenotdead/deviantart)
trying to update on here though :)
At 21:09 on November 28, 2009, Christine Robakidze said…
great works!
At 13:18 on November 16, 2009, alison williams said…
thanks i will email you now ok
At 8:19 on November 3, 2009, Claudia said…
Thanks for the friendship Ali.
Very interesting works, I need to come back and see some more....
At 13:13 on October 31, 2009, Paul Scott Malone said…
I regret that I never welcomed but I was away for a while. Good to be friends, and best to you. -- PSM
At 11:42 on October 20, 2009, luxi lu |LM| said…
nice to meet you

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About "Purdahs of silence" (Confidence #5)

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Purdahs of Silence

(Confidence #5)

by Ali Ettehad

An installation and a performance/ Duration: six days/ Music by Kaveh Kateb/ 2009

“Whence doeth the good commence? Where lies the border separating the observer I and the subject of Evil? Till when will thine… Continue

Posted on June 19, 2010 at 10:06

In which empty space are you standing (from Confidence series #7)

My last solo exhibition
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Posted on March 1, 2010 at 17:27

The other


Posted on January 18, 2010 at 21:00

The Other

The Other

‘I found comprehension in you only so as to become the subject of my own comprehension.’

Ibn-e-Arabi, Fosoos-ul-Hekam

What creates ‘I’ is something exterior to the ‘I’, something beyond it, an ‘Other’, abstract or concrete. With the creation of the Other, the borders of ‘I’ begin to show. Now it is this ‘I’ who is able to give the Other a sacred, kind, inimical or friendly role.

As the creator of itself, ‘I’ makes Other a means… Continue

Posted on December 25, 2009 at 3:37

The other

The other

Curator: Ali Ettehad

Artists:Babak Kazemi, Ahmad Zolfagharian, Behrouz Rae, Samira Alikhanzadeh, Samira Eskandarfar, Barbad Golshiri, Behnam Kamrani, Nikoo Tarkhani, Farid Jafari Samarghandi, Jinoos Taghizadeh, Katayoon Karami, Hamed Sahihi, Nima Esmailpour, Sohrab Kashani, Behrang Samadzadegan, Amirali Ghasemi, Melodi Hoseynzadeh

Music by: Kaveh Kateb

11 Dec-23 Dec 2009

Opening: 11 Dec, 5:00 pm

other days: 12… Continue

Posted on December 3, 2009 at 23:07



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