Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas


Ahmed Mater: An Artist's Perspective of Arabia
  • Ahmed Mater: An Artist's Perspective of Arabia
  • Lecture
  • 3/9/2014
  • 13:00-14:00
  • Spencer Museum of Art
  • Host: Center for Global and International Studies, African and African-American Studies Department, Kansas African Studies Center, Spencer Museum of A
Event Description
Saudi Arabian artist Ahmed Mater was born into a traditional Aseeri family in 1979. When he was 18, he became a founding member of Al-Miftaha Arts Village in Abha, while simultaneously studying medicine. Mater co-founded the groundbreaking Edge of Arabia in 2008, and since then his work has drawn international attention. Works by Mater are included in the collections of the British Museum and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. His interdisciplinary art-encompassing photography, calligraphy, painting, installation, performance and video-explores the narratives and aesthetics of Islamic culture in an era of globalization and consumerism. Recently, he has been concerned with the representation of traumatic events of collective historical dimensions, and the ways in which video and photography can document physical and psychological violence. Mater’s artistic practice is informed by his work as a medical doctor as well as by his traditional upbringing in Saudi Arabia. His work is featured in Echoes: Islamic Art and Contemporary Artists, currently on view at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.