Sharjah Art Foundation
100 Found Objects includes images, videos and research material that Ahmed collected to chronicle Mecca's past to its present identity.
100 Found Objects includes images, videos and research material that Ahmed Mater has collected which chronicle Mecca’s past to its present identity. Throughout his research, Ahmed has gathered a rich archive of conversations. They include personal references and continuous recordings of the urban developments and expansion of Mecca, some of which were presented in this landmark exhibition.
His unique archive draws on wider political and familiar histories of communities that once lived in Mecca’s vicinity. Along with distinctive pilgrims' tales, both the intimacy and the anonymity implicit in mass congregations of peoples from all over the world is revealed. Visitors were taken on a passage encompassing individual recollections of broad social and political events.
Personal and collective dreams and ideologies were reflected through symbolism associated with a site that draws on the visions of every man, woman and child interconnected by a shared religious faith.