Nasser Al-Salem

b. 1984, Mecca, lives and works in Jeddah, KSA) his artistic practice challenges the boundaries of the traditional Islamic art of calligraphy by re-contextualizing it in unconventional mixed media forms and conceptual potential through minimalist and architectural methods. Al-Salem trained as an architect and studied calligraphy in the Haram Al-Sharif and achieved an ‘Ijaza’ certificate – the highest form of recognition and authorization to transmit the art of calligraphy. He is co-founder for Al-Hangar, an artist collective based in Jeddah, as well as a member of the National Guild of Calligraphers and an active fellow of Saudi Arabia’s Arts and Culture Group. Al-Salem’s solo shows; Amma Baad, at Delfina Foundation, London [2019]. Amma Baad, Casa Arabe, Madrid, Spain [2019], State of Affairs, Athr Gallery, Jeddah [2016], And It Remains, Athr Gallery, Jeddah [2012]. Al-Salem’s work has been part of numerous group exhibitions including: Desert X Al Ula [2020]; Al Burda, Abu Dhabi; Ekphrasis, Writing in Art, Villa Empain, Brussels [2019]; Cities Of Convictions, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Utah; Epicenter X: Contemporary Saudi Art, Arab American National Museum, Detroit [2017]; Common Grounds, Villa Stuck, Munich [2015]; Rhizoma, Edge of Arabia, Venice Biennale; Echoes, Nelson-Atkins Museum, Kansas City [2013]; Nour/Light]; Hajj: Journey to the Heart of Islam, The British Museum, London [2012].