Galerie Nagel Draxler

Abdulnasser Gharem

Biography

ABDUNASSER GHAREM

geboren / born 1973 in Khamis Mushait, Saudi Arabia
lebt uns arbeitet / lives and works in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

EDUCATION / AUSBILDUNG

1992  graduation from King Abdulaziz Military Academy, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
1993  Leader Institute, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
1995-2003  Lieutenant Colonel in the Saudi Arabian army
2003  Study of Fine Arts at Al-Meftaha Arts Village, Abha, Saudi Arabia
2013  Founding of Gharem Studio – non-profit arts organisation offering artist residencies

ÖFFENTLICHE SAMMLUNGEN / PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

The British Museum, London, UK
V&A Museum | London, UK
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California, USA
Palazzo Grassi, Venice, Italy
Greenbox Museum, Amsterdam, Holland
The Saudi Arabian Ministry of Culture & Information, Saudi Arabia
BASMOCA: Basma Al Sulaiman Museum of Contemporary Art, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
The Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah, UAE
Nadour Collection, Germany
The Jameel Foundation
The Farook Collection
The Farjam Collection
Kamel Lazaar Foundation

EINZELAUSSTELLUNGEN (AUSWAHL) / SOLO EXHIBITIONS (SELECTION)

2018
Suversive Forms of Social Sculpture (with Heimo Zobernig), Sharjah Art Museum, UAE

2017
Abdulnasser Gharem: Pause, LACMA, Los Angeles, USA

2014
The Awakening, Ayyam Gallery, Dubai, UAE

2013
Edge of Arabia, Ayyam Gallery, London, UK
Abdulnasser Gharem, Side by Side Gallery, Berlin, Germany

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

2003
Mute, Attileh, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
UN Inspector, Attileh, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

GRUPPENAUSSTELLUNGEN (AUSWAHL) / GROUP EXHIBITIONS (SELECTION)

2017
Desert to Delta: Contemporary Saudi Art in Memphis, Art Museum of University of Memphis, TL, USA
Memories of a Journey Hajj, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Cities of Conviction: Contemporary Saudi Art in Salt Lake City, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Salt Lake City, UT, USA
EPICENTER X: Contemporary Saudi Art Detroit, Arab American National Museum Dearborn, MI, USA
Glasstress, Palazzo Franchetti, Venice, Italy

2016
Phantom Punch: Contemporary Saudi Art in Lewiston, Bates College Museum of Art, Lewiston, Maine, USA
Generat#ion, Minnesota Street Project, San Francisco, California, USA
Gonzo Arabia: Contemporary Saudi Art in Aspen, Boogie’s Retail, Aspen, Colorado, USA
Parallel Kingdom, Station Museum of Contemporary Art, Houston, TX, USA
Illumination, New Contemporary Art at the Louisiana, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark

2015
Saudi Art Contemporary, Chalet Saqqarah, Gstaad, Switzerland
Ricochet, Asia House Gallery, London, UK

2014
View fron inside: Contemporary Arab Photography, FotoFest, Houston, Texas, USA
Word and Illumination, Le Meridien Medina Hall, Madinah, Saudi Arabia

2013
Arab Contemporary, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark
A Generation In Waiting, Side by Side Gallery, Berlin, Germany

2012
Light from the Middle East: New Photography – Victoria & Albert Museum, London
La voce delle immagini- Palazzo Grassi – Venice, Italy
#COMETOGETHER, Edge of Arabia, London
Arab Express: The Latest Art From the Arab World – Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Porta dell”Oriente – Roma Contemporary, Italy
Bending History – Katara Galleries, Doha Qatar
Hajj, Journey to the Heart of Islam – British Museum, London
Edge of Arabia – Al Furusia Marina, Jeddah
Contemporary Istanbul – Turkey

2011
Political Patterns – ifa-Galerie, Berlin
The Future of a Promise: Contemporary Art from the Arab World – Magazzini del Sale, 54th Venice Biennale
The Bravery of Being Out of Range – Athr Gallery, Jeddah
The New Middle East – Willem Baars Projects, Amsterdam
Edge of Arabia Dubai: TERMINAL – Building 9, Gate Village, Dubai International Financial Centre, Dubai
Uppers & Downers – Traffic, Dubai
Nujoom: Constellations of Arab Art from The Farjam Collection – The Farjam Collection @ DIFC, Dubai
I Don’t Need Your Money Honey All I Need is Love – Traffic, Dubai

2010
Edge of Arabia Istanbul: TRANSiTION – Sanat Limani, Antrepo 5
Opening the Doors: Collecting Middle Eastern Art, Abu Dhabi Art
CAVE: Contemporary Arab Video Encounter – Maraya Arts Centre, Sharjah
Emerging Asian Artists, Gwangju Biennale
Edge of Arabia Berlin: Grey Borders/Grey Frontiers – Soho House, Berlin
Fuck Ups, Fables and Fiascos – Galerie Caprice Horn, Berlin
Edge of Arabia World Tour Launch – Global Competitiveness Forum, Riyadh
Taswir: Pictorial Mappings of Islam and Modernity – Martin Gropius-Bau, Berlin

2009
The 28th Annual Exhibition – Gulf Fine Arts Society, Sharjah
Edge of Arabia Venice – Palazzo Polignac, 53rd Venice Biennale

2008
Edge of Arabia London: Contemporary Art from Saudi Arabia – SOAS Brunei Gallery, University of London

2007
Still Life: Art, Ecology and the Politics of Change – Sharjah Biennial 8

2006
Son of Aseer – Al-Meftaha Arts Village, Abha

2004
Shattah – Atelier Gallery, Jeddah

Bibliography

Jameel, Porter, King, Stapleton, Al-Turki. Edge of Arabia: Contemporary Art from Saudi Arabia (London: Booth Clibborn, 2012)

Porter, Venetia. Hajj, journey to the heart of Islam (London: Harvard University Press, 2012)

Hemming, Henry. Abdulnasser Gharem: Art of Survival (London: Booth-Clibborn, 2011)

Lazaar, Lina and Downey, Anthony. The Future of a Promise (London: Ibraaz, 2011)