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AHMED MATER

Edge Becomes The Center

BY KEVIN JONES

Installation view of MITOCHONDRIA: POWERHOUSES, 2017, mixed-media installation with Tesla coil machine, dimensions variable,

at “Mitochondria: Powerhouses,” Galleria Continua, San Gimignano, 2017–18. Photo by Ela Bialkowska.

Courtesy the artist and Galleria Continua, San Gimignano/Beijing/Les Moulins/Habana.

Call him naive, but Ahmed Mater sincerely believes art has the power to change the world. He believed it in the 1990s, when he was working as a community physician in the small mountain city of Abha, located in southwestern Saudi Arabia, and toying with the thought of becoming

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