In accordance with our vision of realizing sustainable growth of the art community in Saudi Arabia and the wider Arab region, we aim to support the long-term development of local artists and curators through a number of institutional partnerships.
The first of these institutional partnerships was in the form of a collaborative residency programme with Dar Al-Ma’mûn Foundation in Morocco.
An international center for artistic residencies, Dar Al-Ma’mûn emerged as a cultural platform aimed at providing support to artists and at promoting Moroccan and African cultural identity beyond borders. In line with this spirit of cultural exchange, Edge of Arabia and Dar Al-Ma’mûn created a collaborative residency programme for Saudi and Arab artists. Dar Al-Mamûn offered participating access to its expanding 4000 sq meter art center which included a research center in literary translation (Arabic-English-French) and a library open to all, specializing in social sciences, literature, poetry, aesthetics and art history, in addition to artists studios.
"DAR AL-MA’MÛN IS A UNIQUE STRUCTURE IN MOROCCO AND THE NON-PROFIT-MAKING STATUS OF OUR ACTIVITIES IS A POWERFUL FORCE IN UNIFYING THE MOROCCAN CULTURAL INTERESTS AND IN RAISING ITS PROFILE BEYOND BORDERS."
Abdulnasser Gharem (b. 1973 Khamis Mushait, Saudi Arabia) graduated from the King Abdulaziz Academy in 1992 before attending The Leader Institute in Riyadh. In 2003 he studied at the influential Al- Meftaha Arts Village in Abha and in 2004 Abdulnasser and the Al-Meftaha artists staged a group exhibition, Shattah, which challenged existing modes of art practice in Saudi Arabia.
Since then he has exhibited in Europe, the Gulf and the USA, including at Martin Gropius-Bau and at the Venice, Sharjah & Berlin Biennales. Abdulnasser made history when his installation Message/Messenger sold for a world record price at auction in Dubai in 2011, establishing him as the highest selling living Gulf artist. Abdulnasser 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.
He is a co-founder of Edge of Arabia and Riyadh-based Gharem Studio.
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