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Ahmed Mater

Magnetism (portfolio), 2012
Etching (set of 4)
Edition of 45
Each 62 x 81 cm (24.4 x 31.8 in.)
Signed and numbered
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The idea is simple and, like its central element, forcefully attractive. Ahmed Mater gives a twist to a magnet and sets in motion tens of thousands of particles of iron, a multitude of tiny satellites that forms a single swirling nimbus.

"Powerful and evocative, his magnets and that larger lodestone of pilgrimage can also draw us to things beyond the scale of human existence." — Tim Mackintosh-Smith

Even if we have not taken part in it, we have all seen images of the Hajj, the great annual pilgrimage of Muslims to Mecca. Ahmed's black cuboid magnet is a small simulacrum of the black-draped Ka'bah, the 'Cube', that central element of the Meccan rites. His circumambulating whirl of metallic filings mirrors in miniature the concentric tawaf of the pilgrims, their sevenfold circling of the Ka'bah.