Through The Spectrum exhibition is showcasing Green Antenna, 2010 by Ahmed Mater. Opening Monday, May 28, 2018 9:30pm at Athr, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. .
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, as he installs a bright, white neon antenna into the ceiling of a warehouse gallery in Berlin. “I catch art from the story of my life,” he continues. “I don’t know any other way.”
As a child, Ahmed Mater would use TV antenna’s to signal across the border to neighboring countries, such as Yemen or across the Red Sea to Sudan. Like so many of his generation in Saudi, he was seeking out ideas, music, poetry, a hint to another world and a different life.
A city landscape in Saudi is often characterized by peaks of antennas, with television playing a major role in modern society. This early work by Mater intends to transform the antennae into an icon, a beacon calling to the rest of the world and a portal to different streams of thought, culture, art and politics–that whilst censored, provides a hint at the world beyond. .
Green Antenna, 2010
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