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AHMED MATER | White Antenna

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  • Ahmed Mater
  • White Antenna
  • neon tube
  • 150 by 150 by 50cm.; 59 by 59 by 19 3/4 in.
  • Executed in 2010, this work is number 1 from an edition of 2, plus 2 artist's proofs.


Athr Gallery, Jeddah 
Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2011


Stephen Stapleton, Edge of Arabia; Contemporary Art from The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, London 2012, pp. 160-161, another example illustrated 

Catalogue Note

Stephen Stapleton, co-founder with Ahmed Mater and Abdulnasser Gharem of Edge of Arabia, writes of Mater and his work in 2010: "A boy stands on the flat, dusty rooftop of his family’s traditional house in the south west corner of Saudi Arabia. With all his reach he lifts a battered TV antenna up to the evening sky. He moves it slowly across the mountainous horizon, in search of a signal from beyond the nearby border with Yemen, or across the Red Sea towards Sudan. He is searching, like so many of his generation in Saudi, for ideas, for music, for poetry–for a glimpse of a different kind of life.  "His father and brothers shout up from the majlis (sitting room) below, as music fills the house and dancing figures appear on a TV screen, filling the evening air with voices from another world. 'This story says a lot about my life and my art' [Ahmed says to Stapleton] as he installs a bright, white neon antenna into the ceiling of a warehouse gallery in Berlin. [Mater says] 'I catch art from the story of my life. I don’t know any other way.'

"Ahmed Mater is the boy with the antenna; a young explorer in search of contact with the outside world, reaching out to communicate across the borders that surround him. It is this spirit of creative exploration and curiosity that defines Ahmed’s journey as an artist."