Friday, December 1, 2017

Ahmed Mater photographs his Mecca journeys

Ka‘aba (2015), Ahmed Mater. Courtesy of the artist. © Ahmed Mater
Ahmed Mater takes visitors through the holiest city in the Islamic world, exploring the extensive urban redevelopment now under way in Mecca and its effects on residents and the millions of hajj pilgrims who travel there every year. This exhibition is anchored by monumental photographs from his Desert of Pharan: Unofficial Histories Behind the Mass Expansion of Mecca project, with large-scale videos and installations shown alongside them. In addition to showing the influx of wealth, the photographs detail the lives of workers on construction sites and of migrant groups. Find out more about the Ahmed Mater exhibition from the Brooklyn Museum’s website. [More]
Workers Camp (2015), Ahmed Mater. Courtesy of the artist. © Ahmed Mater