A Conversation with Ahmed Mater, Co-Founder of "Edge of Arabia"

July 21, 2014 3:17 PM

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Arab art is hitting the global art world with the force of a haboob, a summer sandstorm. A lot of the credit goes to Edge of Arabia. The initiative is the brainchild of two artists, Stephen Stapleton (British/Norwegian) and Ahmed Mater, (Saudi Arabian). Both shared a common desire "to create a real artistic movement inside Saudi Arabia that also connected with the outside world." Stephen and Ahmed were later supported by fellow Saudi artist Abdulnasser Gharem.

This group of artists decided to challenge the collusion at that time, both in the Gulf and the West, between artists, market forces, elite groups, and a government intent on sustaining the status quo. They wanted to test a new system which would have more independence and, ultimately, more "soft po...

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