Saudi Artist Ahmed Mater - 2016 D.C. Program

Mon, Mar 14th 2016, 11:18AM

The Middle East Institute (MEI) in partnership with Art Jameel is pleased to host leading Saudi artist Ahmed Mater for a series of public events highlighting his groundbreaking work in video, photography, painting, and installation offering an unparalleled perspective on contemporary Saudi Arabia.

Mater, whose first solo U.S. exhibit opens at the Freer|Sackler Gallery on March 19,  explores the narratives and aesthetics of Islamic culture in an era of globalization, consumerism, and transformation. His recent work uses image and video to explore local collective memory and unofficial histories behind Saudi Arabia's sociopolitical life.

Dates and Locations of Ahmed Mater Events

Panel Talk - New Voices, New Visions: The Impact of the Arts in Saudi Arabia
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
When: 12:00pm-1:30pm
Where: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace


The panel will examine the impact of Mater's art in presenting new perspectives of Saudi Arabia, as well as the role of youth culture in shaping new narratives about the Kingdom.

Ahmed Mater, Saudi Contemporary Artist
Kristin Diwan, Senior Resident Scholar, Arab Gulf States Institute
Stephen Stapleton, Director, CultureRunners
Moderator- Kate Seelye, Senior Vice President, MEI

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Artist Talk - Documenting Unofficial Histories: A Conversation with Saudi Artist Ahmed Mater
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
When: 6:30pm-8:00pm
Where: GWU Corcoran School of the Arts & Design, Armand Hammer Auditorium

The artist talk will feature screenings of Mater's cutting edge work and discussion about his first solo U.S. exhibition, Symbolic Cities, opening at the Freer | Sackler Gallery on Saturday, March 19.

Ahmed Mater, Saudi Contemporary Artist
Carol Huh, Curator, Freer |Sackler Gallery
Moderator-  Sanjit Sethi, Director, Corcoran School of the Arts and Design

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Culture Event - A Night of Art, Rap, and Pop Culture from the Arabian Peninsula
Thursday, March 24, 2016
When: 6:00pm-8:00pm
Where: Busboys and Poets Restaurant- 14th & V St.


The program will feature a live performance by Kuwaiti rappers, Sons of Yusuf, screenings of Mater's videos, and a conversation with the artists about the transformational role of art in the Gulf.

Noor Al Suwaidi, Emirati Artist and Curator
Ahmed Mater, Saudi Contemporary Artist
Sons of Yusuf- Abdul'Rahman Yusuf and Ya'koob Yusuf, Kuwaiti Rappers
Moderator- Stephen Stapleton, Director, CultureRunners

No registration is required. Click here for full event details.