Abdulnasser Gharem

Biography

Born in 1973 in the Saudi Arabian city of Khamis Mushait,currently lives and works in Riyadh. In 1992 Gharem graduated from the King Abdulaziz Academy before attending The Leader Institute in Riyadh. In 2003 he studied at the influential Al- Meftaha Arts Village in Abha and in 2004 Gharem and the Al-Meftaha artists staged a group exhibition, Shattah, which challenged existing modes of art practice in Saudi Arabia. Since then Gharem has exhibited in Europe, the Gulf and the USA, including at Martin Gropius-Bau and at the Venice, Sharjah & Berlin Biennales. He recently made history when his installation Message/Messenger sold for a world record price at auction in Dubai, establishing Gharem as the highest selling living Gulf artist. Gharem donated the proceeds of this sale to Edge of Arabia to foster art education in his native country. His first monograph ‘Abdulnasser Gharem: Art of Survival’ was published in London in October 2011.

Publications

Exhibitions

Selected Solo Shows

2010 - Restored Behaviour, XVA Gallery, Dubai, UAE (17 Jan- 10 Mar)

2006 - The Path, King Fahd Art Village, Abha, Saudi Arabia 

2004 - The White Tongue Who Speaks Slowly, King Fahad Art Village, Abha, Saudi Arabia

2004 - Who Keeps Watching the Sun (Sunflower field), Death Mattered - Attileh, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

2003 - Mute, Attileh, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

2003 - UN Inspector, Attileh, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Selected Group Shows

2012-2013 - Light from the Middle East: New Photography - Victoria & Albert Museum, London (13 Nov - 7 April 2013)

2012- 2013 - La voce delle immagini- Palazzo Grassi - Venice, Italy (30 Aug- 13 Jan 2012)

2012 - #COMETOGETHER, Edge of Arabia London (6-28 Oct 2012)

2012 - Arab Express: The Latest Art From the Arab World - Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan (16 Jun - 28 Oct) 

2012 - Porta dell"Oriente - Roma Contemporary, Italy (25-27 May)

2012 - Bending History - Katara Galleries, Doha Qatar (8 Mar - 8 April)

2012 - Hajj, Journey to the Heart of Islam – British Museum, London (26 Jan-15 Apr)  

2012 - Edge of Arabia –  Al Furusia Marina, Jeddah (20 Jan-26 Feb)

2012 - Contemporary Istanbul - Turkey ( 22-25 Nov)

2011 - Political Patterns – ifa-Galerie, Berlin (8 Jul-3 Oct)

2011 - The Future of a Promise: Contemporary Art from the Arab World – Magazzini del Sale, 54th Venice Biennale (1 Jun-27 Nov)

2011 - The Bravery of Being Out of Range – Athr Gallery, Jeddah (24 May-18 Jun)

2011 - The New Middle East – Willem Baars Projects, Amsterdam (31 May-30 July)

2011 - Edge of Arabia Dubai: TERMINAL – Building 9, Gate Village, Dubai International Financial Centre, Dubai (14 Mar-15 Apr)

2011 - Uppers & Downers – Traffic, Dubai (9 Feb-5 Mar)

2011 - Nujoom: Constellations of Arab Art from The Farjam Collection – The Farjam Collection @ DIFC, Dubai (1 Nov ((2010)) - Mar 2011)

2011 - I Don’t Need Your Money Honey All I Need is Love – Traffic, Dubai (5 Jan –27 Jan)

2010 - Edge of Arabia Istanbul: TRANSiTION – Sanat Limani, Antrepo 5 (10 Nov-10 Dec)

2010 - Opening the Doors: Collecting Middle Eastern Art, Abu Dhabi Art (3 Nov-7 Nov)

2010 - CAVE: Contemporary Arab Video Encounter – Maraya Arts Centre, Sharjah (2 Nov-11 Dec)

2010 - Emerging Asian Artists, Gwangju Biennale (1 Sep-5 Sep)

2010 - Edge of Arabia Berlin: Grey Borders/Grey Frontiers – Soho House, Berlin (9 Jun-18 Jul)

2010 - Fuck Ups, Fables and Fiascos – Galerie Caprice Horn, Berlin (8 Jun-17 Sep)

2010 - Edge of Arabia World Tour Launch – Global Competitiveness Forum, Riyadh (23 Jan-26 Jan)

2010 - Taswir: Pictorial Mappings of Islam and Modernity – Martin Gropius-Bau, Berlin (5 Nov ((2009)) -18 Jan)

2009 - The 28th Annual Exhibition – Gulf Fine Arts Society, Sharjah (March)

2009 - Edge of Arabia Venice – Palazzo Polignac, 53rd Venice Biennale (5 Jun-2 Aug)

2008 - Edge of Arabia London: Contemporary Art from Saudi Arabia – SOAS Brunei Gallery, University of London (16 Oct-13 Dec)

2007 - Still Life: Art, Ecology and the Politics of Change – Sharjah Biennial 8 (4 Apr-4 Jun)

2006 - Son of Aseer – Al-Meftaha Arts Village, Abha (10 Oct-30 Oct)

2004 - Shattah – Atelier Gallery, Jeddah (27 Apr -14 May)

Collections

The British Museum

The Victoria and Albert Museum

LACMA, Los Angeles County Museum of Art

The Saudi Arabian Ministry of Culture and Information

The Jameel Foundation

Nadour Collection

Greenbox Museum

The Barjeel Art Foundation

The Farook Collection

The Farjam Collection

Kamel Lazaar Foundation

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