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Ahmed Mater

Evolution of Man (portfolio), 2010
Silkscreen (set of 5)
Edition of 100
Each 80 x 60 cm (31.4 x 23.6 in.)
Signed and numbered
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The artwork describes the evolution of man after oil was discovered in the deserts of Saudi Arabia which led to a flood of “Petrodollars” into the, until then underdeveloped Kingdom. But what was the money used for? It was used to build cities, it was used to build up the conservative machinery of power and it made a very small percentage of the population extremely rich. With the excessive wealth entering the country, greed and inequalities started to play a dominant role in Saudi Arabia, which probably supported the extremist movement.

“The constant desire for more is depleting whatever is left of our limited resources, not only the material ones but our emotional reserves as well.” — Ahmed Al-Omran

Using X-Rays means for Mater to combine his two passions – that of a medical doctor and that of an artist and a Muslim. The X-ray enables an exciting transparency. The viewer can go under the skin to explore the essence and feelings behind the facade. Although committing suicide is forbidden in Islam, it does not stop Muslims from killing themselves. The nature of evolution is ambiguous. Sometimes, evolution can lead to one’s demise.