Evolution of Man
Evolution of Man
Framing not included
- Silkscreen (Portfolio of 5)
- Edition Size:
- 80.0 x 60.0 cm (31.4 x 23.6 in) each
- Signed and numbered
About the Artwork
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’s 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, Wall Street Journal
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 to commit suicide is forbidden in the Islam, it does not stop Muslims from killing themselves. The nature of the evolution is ambiguous. Sometimes, the evolution can lead to one’s demise.
About the Artist
Ahmed Mater was born in 1979 in a rural part of Southern Saudi Arabia. He is recognized as one of the most influential of Saudi Arabian artists today. By combining art, science and the concept of identity, his work marks a revival of contemporary art in Saudi Arabia with the emergence of an artistic scene.