Ahmed Mater born in 1979 in Tabuk and grew up in Abha; the capital of Aseer (a region to the south of Saudi Arabia), far from the urban centers of Saudi Arabia.Read More
He is part of a leading a young artistic collective called Ibn Aseer (Son of Aseer). Mater is an integral part of the history of Abha's Miftaha Arts Village while simultaneously studying medicine. Ahmed also co-founded Edge of Arabia in 2008.
His recent work presents an unofficial history of Saudi sociopolitical life. It is concerned with the representation of traumatic events of collective historical dimensions, and the ways in which films, video, image, performance and text can document physical and psychological violence.
Mater's work has been widely exhibited across the globe such as The Mori Museum of Art (Tokyo), The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (Kansas City, MO), the Sharjah Biennale (2013), Rijksmuseum Volkenkunde (Leiden Museum of Ethnology), Home Works 6 at Ashkal Alwan in Beirut, Lebanon (2013), Galleria Continua's Le Moulin (2013), and Here & Elsewhere at the New Museum, NY (2014)
He was invited to participate in a number of panels and talks: The Louvre , Berlin Akademie der Kunste , The Armory Show New York , Art Basel Miami , Leiden Museum Amsterdam .
His work is in the collection of the Smithsonian Museum [New York], the Mori Museum of Art [Tokyo], British Museum [London], Victoria & Albert Museum [London], Los Angeles County Museum of Art [Los Angeles, CA], the Museum of Islamic Art [Doha] and Centre Pompidou [Paris] and most recently, the Asian Art Museum [San Francisco]
Curated by Philip Tinari, Saudi Arabia's first contemporary art biennale unfolds across six warehouses in the industrial JAX district.
Curated by UCCA Center for Contemporary Art's Philip Tinari, the biennial features a strong contingent of Chinese artists including Xu Bing, Zhang Peili, and Nabuqi.