Resume |Ahmed Mater


works as an artist and medical doctor and splits his time between Abha, Jeddah and Makkah in Saudi Arabia. He is founder of the Al-Meftaha Arts Village in Abha. Mater co-founded Edge of Arabia in 2003 and since then has attracted international attention for his art, which encompasses photography, calligraphy, painting, installation, performance and video. His work explores the narratives and aesthetics of Islamic culture in an era of globalization, consumerism and transformation. His recent work increasingly uses image and video to explore local collective memory and unofficial histories behind contemporary Saudi Arabian sociopolitical life.



Selected Solo Shows


2017 | Ahmed Mater: Mecca Journeys, Brooklyn Museum, New York

2017 | Mitochondria: Powerhouses, Galleria Continua, San Gimigiano, UAE

2017 | Desert of Pharan: Unofficial Histories of The Mass Expansion of Mecca, Alserkal Avenue, Dubai

2016 | Evolution of Man at Standing Rock, North Dakota, USA

2016 |Symbolic Cities: The Work of Ahmed Mater, Smithsonian Freer Sackler Galleries Washington DC, USA

2014 |100 Found Objects, Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah, UAE

2010|  Ahmed Mater, The Vinyl Factory Gallery, London, UK

2009|  Illumination, Artspace, Dubai, UAE

2006|  Son of Aseer, Al Meftaha Arts Village, Abha, KSA

2006|  Ahmed Mater Al Ziad Aseeri, Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia, London, UK

2004|  The End, Al Meftaha Arts Village, Abha, KSA

2004|  Chewing (Mudgah), Almiftaha Arts Village, Abha, KSA

2004|  Standing in Front of You, King Khaled University, Abha, KSA

2003|  X-Ray Project: 6th Saudi Malwan Contest Tour, Jeddah, Beirut, Sidon, Manama 

2001|  Landing on the Earth's Surface, Al-Maseef Culture Club, Abha, KSA



Selected Group Shows


2014 | Here & Elsewhwere, New Museum, New York, USA

2014 | A-History, Pompidou Center, Paris, France


2014 | A Crisis of History,  Framer Framed, Amsterdam, The Netherlands


2013 | Towards a New Cultural Cartography, Sharjah Biennale 11, Sharjah, UAE


2013 | Echoes: Islamic Art and Contemporary Practice, Nelson Atkins Museum, Kansas City, USA


2013 | Arab Contemporary: Architecture, Culture and Identity, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk,      Denmark


2013 | View from Inside, Fotofest Biennale, Houston, USA


2013 | Homework 6, Ashkan Alwan, Beirut, Lebanon


2013 | Hajj: Journey to the Heart of Islam, Museum of Islamic Art, Doha, Qatar


2013 | Light from the Middle East, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK


2012 | Desert of Pharan, Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Kochi, India


2012 | #COMETOGETHER, Edge of Arabia, London, UK


2012 | 25 years of Arab Creativity, Institut du Monde Arab, Paris, France


2012 | Hajj: Journey to the Heart of Islam, British Museum, London, UK


2011 | West End!, Museum on the Seam, Jerusalem, Israel


2011 | Arab Express: The Latest from the Arab World,  Mori Art Museum, Tokyo,        Japan


2011 | The Future of a Promise,  Edge of            Arabia, 54th Venice Biennale, Venice,        Italy


2010 | TRANSITION, Istanbul European Capital        of Culture, Sanat Limanı, Istanbul,          Turkey


2010 | Grey Borders/Grey Frontiers, Edge of        Arabia Berlin, Berlin, Germany


2009 | ADACH , Platform For Visual Arts,            53rd Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy


2009 | Edge of Arabia, Palazzo Polignac,            53rd Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy


2008 | The Other, Cairo Biennale, Cairo,            Egypt


2008 | Edge of Arabia, SOAS Brunei Gallery,        London, UK


2007 | Still Life: Art, Ecology and the            Politics of Change, Sharjah Biennial,        Sharjah, UAE


2006 | Word into Art: Artists of the Modern        Middle East, The British Museum,            London, UK


2005 | Shatta, Jeddah Atelier for Fine Arts,        Jeddah, Saudi Arabia




2015 | FIFE/Festival International du Film          d'Environnement, Paris, France


2015 | Buenos Aires Film Festival, Buenos          Aires, Argentina


2014 | Kassel Film Festival, Kassel, Germany


2014 | Culturunners Launch, Rothko Chapel,          Houston, USA


2014 | Berlin Film Festival, Berlin, Germany


2013 | Rotterdam Film Festival, Rotterdam,          The Netherlands


2013 | ICA, London, UK


2013 | Red Wax, Abha, KSA




Leaves Fall in All Seasons, 2014, duration: 19min 28 sec


Evolution of Man, 2012, duration: 1min


Pelt Him!, 2012, duration: 103min


Artificial Light, 2012, duration: 6min


Yellow Cow, 2010, duration: 2min 28sec






A-Political, London, UK


Asian Art Museum,  San Francisco, USA


The Barjeel Art Foundation,  Al Qasba, Sharjah, UAE


The British Museum, London, UK 


Centre Pompidou, Paris, France


Jameel Collection, Dubai, UAE


Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, USA


Mathaff Museum, Ryyan, Qatar


Nadour Collection, Dusseldorf, Germany


Smithsonian Museum, Washington D.C., USA


Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China


Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK


Zayed National Museum, Abu Dhabi, UAE

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