Bought in Mecca, 2015
I am the portal of news for Mecca. Launched in 2014, I tell you all – the good and the bad. Every day, delivered to your door, I report the news of the pilgrims, the leaders, the developers and more. Today you can see the demolition sites of our great city. What a future awaits us! What luxury! What efficiency!
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