Upcoming: Ahmed Mater Speaks About His Mecca’s Journeys

Ahmed Mater Speaks About His Mecca’s Journeys
October 22nd,  6:00-8:00PM
612 Schermerhorn Hall
Reception to follow in the Stronach Center.

Physician turned artist, Ahmed Mater is one of the most significant cultural voices documenting and scrutinising the realities of contemporary Saudi Arabia. Forging an ongoing, complex mapping of the Kingdom, his practice synthesises and documents collective memories to uncover and record unofficial histories. The temporal and physical breadths of his research-led inquiries are sharpened by the incisive gaze of his conceptual works. With this scope, Mater imagines and forecasts possible prognoses for a land of unprecedented religious, social, economic and political influence.

This event is part of the series, "Disrupting Unity and Discerning Ruptures," organized by Avinoam Shalem, Riggio Professor of the History of the Arts of Islam in the Department of Art History and Archeology. His main field of interest concerns artistic interactions in the Mediterranean basin, migration of objects, and medieval aesthetics. He has published extensively on medieval Islamic, as well as Jewish and Christian art.