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Across hundreds of photographs and films, Desert of Pharan documents
the rapid development of Islam’s holiest city, a place in a state of
constant transformation. The shifting urban environment of the city is
witnessed, as well as the lives lived amid the tumult. The title is
taken from the ancient name for Mecca, or the wilderness and mountains
surrounding it – the Desert of Pharan, or Wilderness of Pharan, mentioned
in the Old Testament.
Against the backdrop of the annual Hajj, Saudi artist Ahmed Mater reveals unprecedented changes to the holy city of Mecca – from flashy new hotels to the loss of priceless neighbourhoods.
Mecca Journeys was Ahmed Mater's first major solo exhibition in New York, presents a compelling portrait of the massive urban redevelopment now under way in the holiest city in the Islamic world, and its effects on residents and the millions of hajj pilgrims who travel there every year.
Published on Dec 1, 2017
Brooklyn Museum, New York Published: December 2017
Ahmed Mater: Mecca Journeys takes visitors through the holiest city in the Islamic world. It presents a compelling portrait of the massive urban redevelopment now under way and its effects on residents and the millions of hajj pilgrims who travel there every year. Saudi artist Ahmed Mater has documented this unprecedented expansion for nearly a decade
Published 1 Oct. 2011
EDITED BY STEPHEN STAPLETON & EDWARD BOOTH-CLIBBORN
Edge of Arabia is the first book to explore the extraordinary contemporary arts culture of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The book centers around the Edge of Arabia project, which has shed new light on a group of pioneering and relatively unknown artists practicing at the center of the Islamic world.