Nasser Al Salem

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  • Nasser Al Salem's installation, Yuheb, Al Jahili Fort.

Nasser Al Salem’s work is essentially the Arabic written word; he is first and foremost a calligrapher. His practice pushes the boundaries of this age-old Islamic art by re-inventing it in non-conventional mixed media forms and by exploring its conceptual potential. Al-Salem has exhibited internationally at ‘Edge of Arabia’ shows in Istanbul (20019) and Jeddah (2012) and he has also participated in the British Museum’s Hajj exhibition (2012), where not shortly after, his work “Zamzam” was acquired by the museum. He is actively involved in community calligraphy projects and in 2010, won second place in the Kingdom’s National Calligraphy competition. He is also a member of the National Guild of Calligraphers and is an active member of Saudi Arabia’s Arts and Culture Group. In 2012, he successfully opened and sold out his first solo exhibition at Athr Gallery ‘And it Remains…’. His work has since been exhibited at Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Los Angeles (2015/2016), Villa Stuck Museum, Munich (2015) and Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris (2014) amongst others. In 2013 he was shortlisted for the Jameel Prize. His works are held in major museum collections including Centre Pompidou, Paris, LACMA, Los Angeles, The British Museum, London and Al Mansouria Foundation, Jeddah.

Nasser Al Salem is represented by ATHR, Jeddah