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In Ways We Have Yet to Imagine: The Final Editor’s Letter

February 28, 2017

Five years after Creative Time Reports’ inception, the project is coming to a close. Editor Marisa Mazria Katz reflects on some of the most moving pieces that solidified CTR as a unique platform that elevates artists’ voices.


A friend to all

December 17, 2016

KOCHI: It has probably never happened before. During an interview with Kochi Biennale Curator Sudarshan Shetty, in the international art magazine, ‘Harper’s Bazaar Art-Arabia’, he talked about how an autorickshaw 

The New Indian Express

Saudi artist: Standing Rock protesters are warning us to save what we can – video

December 05, 2016

After the US Army Corps of Engineers denied a permit for the Dakota Access pipeline to drill under the Missouri river, Saudi Arabian artist Ahmed Mater joins protesters at Standing Rock to celebrate their victory. 

The Guardian

A Physician-Turned-Artist Offers a Diagnosis for Islam’s Holiest City

December 01, 2016

JIDDA, Saudi Arabia — When a human crush killed more than 2,400 people during the hajj pilgrimage in 2015, the Saudi Arabian artist Ahmed Mater was nearby doing what he had spent much of the last five years doing: 

The Newyork Times

Artist’s Talk with distinguisted lecturer Ahmed Mater

October 27, 2016

As part of the programming surrounding Phantom Punch: Contemporary Art from Saudi Arabia in Lewiston, noted Saudi Arabian artist Ahmed Mater will lecture on his work.


Ahmed Mater: Meet the Man Repurposing Islamic Art

October 24, 2016

ON THE DESERT OF PHARAN SERIES: “Setting out on the road to Mecca (Makkah) first requires that you set down your final will: in this way, the morbid infuses the sublime. For me, a doctor, the manner with which 

Vogue Arabia

Ahmed Mater's work in Sotheby's auction from 6 months of Washington Dc exhibition

September 26, 2016

Al Watan Online

CULTURA.Le forme estetiche della cultura islamic anell’epoca della globalizzazione

September 23, 2016

Roma, 24 settembre 2016, Nena News – Il percorso creativo di Ahmed Mater segue una metodologia basata sull’applicazione della conoscenza scientifica, della fisica e della medicina, all’arte contemporanea. Figura tra 


After the hajj: Mecca residents grow hostile to changes in the holy city

September 13, 2016

Millions of hajj pilgrims are preparing to head home, after five days performing ancient rites, revering a God omnipresent in the city of Mecca.They have stoned figurative devils, they have slept in the world’s largest tent

The Guardian

Behind the hajj:Ahmed Mater's photographs of a Mecca in flux

September 13, 2016

The hajj pilgrims descend on a city that is massively reshaping itself. Saudi artist Ahmed Mater captures the grittier side of the holy city – the migrant workers, the tireless construction and the eye-opening sprawl

The Guardian

A prayer for Mecca: the city that many hajj pilgrims don't see

September 08, 2016

As the hajj begins once again, Saudi artist Ahmed Mater has revealed unprecedented changes to the holy city – from flashy new hotels to the loss of priceless neighbourhoods. In the third episode of Crossing the Line, our 

The Guardian

Saudi Kingdom Ambassador of USA visiting Ahmed Mater's exhibition 

September 06, 2016

Al Jazira Online

Learn about Ahmed Mater's artwork  ''Silk Road'' that has been gifted by Prince Mohammed bin Salman to the Chinese president at  G20 summit ​

September 04, 2016

Alassema News

Der Traum vom alten Mekka

September 01, 2016

Beim Betreten der Wohnung von Sami Angawi fühlt man sich kurz in eine andere Zeit versetzt. Mit Schnitzereien verzierte Holzbögen trennen Wohn- und Esszimmer. Die Sitzecke mit Kissen ist im Stil der 


In Egypt, ecstatic pilgrims start journey to Mecca

August 28, 2016

Pilgrims have been saying their farewells at Cairo airport before leaving for Saudi Arabia to perform the hajj in the tradition, they believe, of the Prophet Muhammad and Abraham before him.Every year tens of thousands of


Ahmed Mater’s images of modern Saudi Arabia

April 23, 2016

Washington - When visitors enter Symbolic Cities: The Work of Ahmed Ma­ter, on exhibit at the Smithsonian Insti­tution’s Sackler Gallery in Washing­ton, they embark on a journey. It is a solitary one, no matter how many people are there along the way.

The Arab Weekly

Driving force behind a touring culture bus

April 10, 2016

In the past 18 months, a bus emblazoned with the word “Culturunners” has quietly wound its way across the US. The 34-foot Gulf Stream recreational vehicle has covered more than 13,000 miles through 27 states,

Financial Times

What Ahmed Mater’s ‘Golden Hour’ can teach us about his new exhibit at the Sackler Gallery

April 06, 2016

What's this item The first-ever solo museum exhibit by a Saudi artist in the U.S., Ahmed Mater’s “Symbolic Cities” presents an alternate narrative to the images of the desert kingdom familiar to most Americans. On view at the Sackler 

The Washington Post

A Changing Mecca Is the Focus of the First U.S. Exhibition to Feature a Saudi Artist

April 06, 2016

ln the year he spent living in Mecca, physician-turned-artist Ahmed Mater watched hotels shooting up around the Grand Mosque. He also trained his camera on both the workers, who came from all over the Muslim world to help construct the new city, as well as on the ways that Mecca’s history was being erased to make way for the new city.

The Smithsonian Magazine

Ahmed Mater: Shining Light on Saudi through Art

April 05, 2016

On a sub-level inside one of the Smithsonian’s art galleries in Washington, a man stood entranced by the Golden Hour, a six by eight foot photographic composition of Mecca.The man noted the dozens of cranes and the Makkah Royal Clock Tower,

Middle East Institute MEI

The new versus the old in Mecca

April 05, 2016

Contemporary art in Saudi Arabia is a relatively new phenomenon.There are few galleries, and opportunities for artists are limited. But photographer Ahmed Mater has gained international attention and is enjoying his first solo museum show in the US.

BBC News

At the Sackler Gallery, Ahmed Mater’s Photographic Exploration of a Changing Saudi Arabia

March 31, 2016

Ahmed Mater, born in Saudi Arabia in 1979, trained as a doctor but has created art since the early 1990s. The exhibit “Symbolic Cities: The Work of Ahmed Mater,” now on view at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, represents his first solo exhibition in the United States—and it’s a genuine eye opener.

The Washington Citypaper

One Saudi’s Protest, Through The Viewfinder

March 30, 2016

Five images, glowing with the black and blue hue of an x-ray, stand side-by-side in a row. On one end, Saudi Arabian artist Ahmed Mater’s eerie skeleton holds a locked and loaded handgun to his skull. On the other, a gas tank and its pump mirror Mater’s suicidal pose. In between, three images gradually morph into the two that bookend the installation, “Evolution of Man,” one of Mater’s best known works that in video form challenges the viewer to determine where the gas tank ends and the man begins.

Foreign Policy

The heart of Islam on view in Washington, DC

March 14, 2016

As US presidential candidates debate Muslim immigration, Saudi artist Ahmed Mater depicts the ultra-conservative country’s urban redevelopment in Smithsonian show . A new exhibition focusing on Saudi Arabia, the geographic heart of Islam, is due to open this week in Washington, DC. 

The Art Newspaper

Bold Contemporary-Art Scene Emerges in Saudi Arabia

March 14, 2016

When a crane crashed into Mecca’s Grand Mosque in September, Ahmed Mater got on the first plane from Dubai back to Saudi Arabia. He went not as an aid worker or journalist but as a Saudi artist keen to chronicle through photography the costs of commercialization in the Islamic world’s holiest city.

The Wall Street Journal

Ahmed Mater exhibition in US capitol explores urban transformation in the Kingdom

March 13, 2016

WASHINGTON – Saudi artist Ahmed Mater will present his first US solo exhibition at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C. “Symbolic Cities” is being presented in collaboration with Culturunners in partnership with Art Jameel, a Community Jameel initiative, and Saudi Arabian Society for Culture and Arts (SASCA),

Saudi Gazette

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