Ahmed Mater: An Artist’s Perspective of Arabia


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Ahmed Mater lives and works in Abha, Saudi Arabia. His work has drawn international attention, being collected by the likes of the British Museum and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. His interdisciplinary art, encompassing photography, calligraphy, painting, installation, performance and video, explores the narratives and aesthetics of Islamic culture in an era of rampant globalization, consumerism and transformation. His art is informed by his daily life as a medical doctor in Abha as well as by his traditional upbringing in Saudi Arabia. His recent work delves into unofficial histories of Saudi sociopolitical life. It is concerned with the representation of traumatic events of collective historical dimensions, and the ways in which video and photography can document physical and psychological violence, that accompanies the accelerated transformation of a historically and traditionally rich place.

Co-sponsored by KU Saudi Student Association, Spencer Museum of Art, KU Middle East Studies Program, Center for Global & International Studies, Department of Religious Studies, School of Architecture, Planning and Design, Department of African & African American Studies, Kansas African Studies Center.


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