Found in a vintage bookshop, 2014
We, the Muslim World League, are the voice of the nation, or so we believe. Not only are we a charity, but we are also teachers of Islam. The right kind of Islam. We believe in Wahhabism and we are the voice of the nation – the nation that keeps us running.
We believe in the promotion of Islam around the globe. The more we can convert the better. We build mosques, support Muslims afflicted by natural disasters around the world, distribute the Qu’ran to those who are vulnerable and in need. You may say that our beliefs are extreme, yet we reject violence and encourage dialogue with all people from all cultures and religions. But of course, only within the confines of our understanding of Sharia law.
This work transcends the objects. Ultimately, what I’m working with isn’t only the artefacts themselves, but the stories attached to them. For me, each tale is the manifestation of the object, and each object is a tangible materialisation of an underlying narrative. The work finds its equilibrium somewhere between the stories and chronology they’re chaptered into, the objects becoming knots or points along the timeline, woven into stories as part of the language of this artwork. Each story draws out a tale that intends to trigger imagination and memory, mixing fact with fiction, with the ultimate aim of straddling, conflating and confusing fixed notions of history to open up the unofficial histories that shape the character of place and memory. Ahmed Mater2014