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Ahmed Mater

Birth Year

Country of birth

Country of residence

1979

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia

Full CV

2018 - SAUDI CONTEMPORARY ART: THE KENNEDY CENTER, WASHINGTON DC
2018 - SAUDI CONTEMPORARY ART IN D.C.: KENNEDY CENTER
2017 - US CULTURAL LEADERS TO SAUDI ARABIA
2017 - AHMED MATER - MECCA JOURNEYS: BROOKLYN MUSEUM, NEW YORK
2017 - AHMED MATER: MECCA JOURNEYS - BROOKLYN MUSEUM
2017 - DESERT TO DELTA: ART MUSEUM OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS
2017 - DESERT TO DELTA: AMUM, TENNESSEE
2017 - CITIES OF CONVICTION: UMOCA, SALT LAKE CITY
2017 - CITIES OF CONVICTION: UMOCA, SALT LAKE CITY
2017 - EVOLUTION OF MAN INSTALLATION, STANDING ROCK, ND
2016 - AHMED MATER DISTINGUISHED LECTURE: BATES COLLEGE MUSEUM OF ART, LEWISTON
2016 - PHANTOM PUNCH: BATES COLLEGE MUSEUM OF ART, LEWISTON
2016 - DISTINGUISHED LECTURE: AHMED MATER - BATES COLLEGE
2016 - PHANTOM PUNCH: BATES COLLEGE MUSEUM OF ART, LEWISTON
2016 - SONS OF YUSEF & ARTISTS TALK: BUS BOYS & POETS, WASHINGTON DC
2016 - AHMED MATER LECTURE: CORCORAN SCHOOL OF ART, WASHINGTON DC
2016 - AHMED MATER - SYMBOLIC CITIES: FREER SACKLER, SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTE, WASHINGTON DC
2016 - AHMED MATER: SYMBOLIC CITIES, FREER SACKLER, SMITHSONIAN, DC
2015 - THE ARMORY SHOW, FOCUS: MENAM
2015 - THE ARMORY SHOW, FOCUS: MENAM
2014 - NEVER NEVER LAND: EOA GALLERY, LONDON
2014 - CULTURUNNERS WORKSHOPS: MIT, CAMBRIDGE
2014 - CULTURUNNERS LAUNCH: ROTHKO CHAPEL, HOUSTON
2014 - FOTOFEST BIENNIAL, HOUSTON
2014 - EDITION #2: JEDDAH ART WEEK
2013 - EDITION #1: EOA GALLERY, LONDON
2012 - EDGE OF ARABIA EAST LONDON: #COMETOGETHER
2012 - EDGE OF ARABIA: VIENNA
2012 - EDGE OF ARABIA JEDDAH: WE NEED TO TALK
2011 - THE FUTURE OF A PROMISE: 54TH VENICE BIENNALE
2011 - EDGE OF ARABIA DUBAI: TERMINAL
2010 - EDGE OF ARABIA ISTANBUL: TRANSITION
2010 - AHMED MATER: VINYL FACTORY
2010 - EDGE OF ARABIA BERLIN: GREY BORDERS / GREY FRONTIERS
2009 - EDGE OF ARABIA: 53RD VENICE BIENNALE
2008 - EDGE OF ARABIA LONDON
- US TOUR 2014-19

Career Highlights

  • 2017 Group show, Arab American National Museum, Dearborn, Michigan, USA
  • 2017 Solo show, Brooklyn Museum, New York, USA
  • 2017 Group show, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Salt Lake City, USA

Artist Statement

Physician turned artist, Ahmed Mater is one of the most significant cultural voices documenting and scrutinising the realities of contemporary Saudi Arabia / His practice embraces the paradoxes of science and faith / Entwining expressive and politically engaged artistic aims with the scientific objectives of his medical training, he fuses the two realms to explore their connections and contradictions / Employing broad research-based investigative techniques, Mater assesses the Kingdom’s social, economic and religious condition, mining and preserving disregarded and forgotten narratives through expansive documentary ambles / His surveillances are also distilled into compacted conceptual scenarios, nodes that tug at the dense strands of the Kingdom’s past, present and future, conjuring and contemplating modernisation and tradition, religion and globalisation /

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