Ahmed Mater

Open Call Maan Artist Grants مـعــاً: دعوة مفتوحة

May 9, 2020

Maan was initiated as a response to the magnitude of the current crisis and its impact on the arts community and a continuation of Athr’s support of the art scene and its artists. It is intrinsic to our mission to proactively participate in their sustainability all while making art accessible to a wider audience and triggering change, particularly in times of uncertainty.  Initiated by Athr in cooperation with artists, the production and research fund consists of creating limited edition artworks by established and emerging artists to support fellow practicing artists.

Open to all Saudi Arabia-based visual artists, irrespective of medium of practice. There are no limitations concerning age, region or provenance of the applicant. If you are a visual artist and have a project that needs a stimulus of funds for completion or need seed funding for production or research, please see the link below and apply online.

For further information, please contact us via this email address.

maangrant@athrart.com

 

بدأت معاً كاستجابة لللأزمة الحالية ومدى تأثيرها على المجتمع الفني واستمراراً لدعم غاليري أثر للمشهد الفني والفنانين. رسالتنا هي إحداث تغيير إيجابي وأن نجعل الفن في متناول أكبر عدد من الجمهور خاصة في هذه الأوقات الصعبة. يعتمد صندوق دعم الإنتاج الفني والبحوث، الذي بدأه أثر بالتعاون مع الفنانين، على إنتاج أعمال فنية محدودة الإصدار لدعم زملائهم الفنانين الناشئين

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‘Symbolic Cities’ Captures Changing Landscapes of Mecca

May 3, 2016 - By Karin Sun for The Washington Diplomat

“Symbolic Cities,” which Mater shot over three years, explores the impact of urbanization and economic change on the landscapes of his native Saudi Arabia through long-form photography and video. The exhibit consists of large-scale photographic works, shot in color, as well as two short films and a collection of smaller photographs.

Viewers traveling through the exhibit begin with “The Empty Land,” a series of 15 photographs that depict parched Saudi landscapes devoid of human presence, abandoned public works projects and discarded oil barrels — objects that represent the abandonment of traditional values and agrarian ways of life in the face of modernization.

Ahmed Mater’s first US solo exhibition opens at Smithsonian

April 6, 2016 - By Denisze Marray for Arab News

The first US solo exhibition of the renowned Saudi artist, Ahmed Mater, has opened this week at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC. The ‘Symbolic Cities’ exhibition, presented in collaboration with Culturunners in partnership with Art Jameel, will be on display at the Arthur M Sackler Gallery until Sept. 18. 

Symobilic Cities - Washington D.C

March 29, 2016 - By Sean Foley for Culturnners

This week the Smithsonian’s Sackler Gallery begins hosting “Symbolic Cities,” the first solo show in America dedicated to the works of Ahmed Mater, one of Saudi Arabia’s top young artists and intellectuals. Over the last decade, Mater has been among the leading figures in an artistic movement that has altered both what is discussed in public and the manner in which contentious issues are presented. Today the artistic movement includes men and women working in genres from animation to film to standup comedy.

Ahmed Mater exhibition in US capitol explores urban transformation in the Kingdom

March 14, 2016 - By Saudi Gazette

Saudi artist Ahmed Mater will present his first US solo exhibition at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C. “Symbolic Cities” is being presented in collaboration with Culturunners in partnership with Art Jameel, a Community Jameel initiative, and Saudi Arabian Society for Culture and Arts (SASCA), and will be on view at the Smithsonian’s Arthur M. Sackler Gallery from March 19 through Sept. 18.


The exhibition will be accompanied by an immersive program of dialogues and discussions across Washington D.C.

The 2015 Armory Show Overlaps History and Cultures

March 5, 2015 - By Marhta Schwendener

Another eye-grabbing installation is Ahmed Mater’s at Athr, a gallery from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, including a wall work made with plastic gun caps, “Cowboy Code II” (2012), which links the honor code of American cowboys with jihadist fighters. In the modern section, a related “focus” project brought a mini-exhibition of work by Iranian artist Parviz Tanavoli, organized by New York University’s Grey Art Gallery.