Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Abdulnasser Gharem: The Saudi artist 'swimming against the currents'

By Leila Hussain, Brooke Bowman and Eoghan Macguire
Abdulnasser Gharem, Camouflage (2017) (Image: © Gharem Studio, photo courtesy of the artist and Edge of Arabia)
(CNN) When the Saudi Arabian artist Abdulnasser Gharem arrived in Los Angeles earlier this year, he brought with him a group of young contemporaries from his home nation. Gharem was in California to promote his first ever solo US show at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), no mean feat for a self-taught individual born far away from the world's cultural capitals.Yet he was keen to share his successes with the next generation of ambitious Saudi artists. "Artists need to be around each other," he tells CNN. "No one is going to support them if they (don't) support each other." [More]