Nasser AlSalem (b. 1984) is first and foremost a calligrapher; his work is the Arabic written word. His practice pushes the boundaries of this age-old Islamic art using unconventional mixed-media forms to expand its conceptual potential.
Nasser AlSalem (b. 1984) is first and foremost a calligrapher; his work is the Arabic written word. His practice pushes the boundaries of this age-old Islamic art using unconventional mixed-media forms to expand its conceptual potential. Although AlSalem’s training has been traditional – as he has obtained his Ijaza, the ultimate certification for an Islamic calligrapher – he pays attention to the concept of the word by means other than mere inscription. His architectural background has allowed him to develop a unique tripartite approach to calligraphy: the word, the medium, and the aesthetic.
AlSalem’s work is in the collections of The British Museum, London; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles; and the Centre Pompidou, Paris. Solo shows include Desert X AlUla, Alula (2020); Amma Baad, at the Delfina Foundation, London (2019); and at Casa Arabe, Madrid (2019); and group exhibitions Al Burda, Abu Dhabi (2019); Nomadic Traces: The Journey of Arabian Scripts, Warehouse 421, Abu Dhabi (2019); and Ekphrasis, Writing in Art, Villa Empain, Brussels (2019).
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