A Conversation with Saudi Artist Ahmed Mater

Ahmed Mater holds aloft a neon antenna
March 15, 2016

On March 22, leading Saudi artist Ahmed Mater will discuss his groundbreaking work in video, photography, painting, and installation offering an unparalleled perspective on contemporary Saudi Arabia. His talk will be from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM in Hammer Auditorium.

Documenting Unofficial Histories: A Conversation with Saudi Artist Ahmed Mater

The Middle East Institute (MEI) and the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design at George Washington University are pleased to co-host leading Saudi artist AhmedMater for a discussion about his groundbreaking work in video, photography, painting, and installation offering an unparalleled perspective on contemporary Saudi Arabia.

He will be joined in conversation by Carol Huh, curator of contemporary Asian art at the Freer|Sackler Gallery, which is hosting Mater's first solo U.S. exhibition, Symbolic Cities, opening on March 19.

Mater's 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 with a focus on the cities of Mecca and Riyadh.

The conversation will be moderated by Sanjit Sethi, director of the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design. 

This event is supported by Art Jameel. Art Jameel, one of Community Jameel's Initiatives, fosters and promotes contemporary art and creative entrepreneurship across the MENAT region.

Panelists (in alphabetical order)

Carol Huh
Curator of Contemporary Asian Art, Freer |Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Museum of Asian Art

Ahmed Mater
Saudi Arabian Contemporary Artist    

Sanjit Sethi (Moderator) 
Director, Corcoran School of the Arts and Design, George Washington University

Space is limited so please RSVP to ensure your place.