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James Scarborough

A Conversation With Ahmed Mater, Co-founder of Edge of Arabia

Originally published in the Huffington Post ​in July 2014

 

James Scarborough meets Ahmed Mater to discuss his thoughts on the origins of Edge of Arabia, the recent popularity of Arab art, the challenges that Saudi artists face, and the Saudi art scene.

Chris Dercon

A Manifesto for Saudi Art

Chris Dercon, then Director Tate Modern in London recounts his first visit to Saudi Arabia and his meeting with Ahmed Mater in Abha.

Linda Komaroff

Illuminations

An essay reflecting on Illuminations by Linda Komaroff, Curator of Islamic Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art

 

Once I doubted that there was any relationship between the contemporary art world and Islamic art. My awakening to the notion that the parameters of Islamic art could be expanded to encompass contemporary works by artists from the Middle East is in fact relatively recent.

Venetia Porter

Illuminations

Venetia Porter, Curator of the Islamic and Contemporary Middle Eastern Art Collections at the British Museum reflects on her first encounter with Ahmed Mater's work. 

Tim Makintosh-Smith

Magnetism

Acclaimed writer and Arabist Tim Mackintosh-Smith reflects on 'forcefully attractive' idea behind Magnetism.

 

Ahmed Mater gives a twist to a magnet and sets in motion tens of thousands of particles of iron, a multitude of tiny satellites that form a single swirling nimbus. 

Interview by Catherine David and Waël Noureddine

53rd Venice Biennale – ADACH Platform for Visual Arts

An interview to coincide with Ahmed Mater's participation in the 53rd Venice Biennale, as part of ADACH Platform for Visual Arts, curated by Catherine David.

Interview by Henry Hemming for Edge of Arabia

A Man of Many Masks

Henry Hemming interviews Ahmed Mater, a man of many masks. Not only one of the rising stars of contemporary art in Saudi Arabia, there’s Mater the doctor, the fully qualified General Practitioner employed in a hospital in Abha and Mater the landscape photographer whose photographs have been exhibited widely and compiled in a limited edition book.

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