Art of Survival
Lavishly illustrated and written by Henry Hemming, Abdulnasser Gharem: Art of Survival takes readers on a physical and conceptual journey into Gharem's world. The story begins with a recent Christie's Auction in Dubai and the sale of Message/Messenger which made Gharem the world record breaking living Arab artist and also earned him the label 'the Rock Star of Arab Art'. From the hectic glamour of the international art world, Hemming then travels with Gharem deep into Saudi society and landscape: to Aseer, Jizan, Jeddah, Riyadh and eventually back to Gharem's home tribe in Sadra-Eyt, recounting the artist's break from tradition as well as the stories and inspirations behind key works.The tale of Gharem’s creative journey is not the familiar plod of evolving artistic practice, safe within the hermetic confines of a studio. It couldn’t be more different. The story of this man takes us to the very heart of what it is to stand against the tide, to innovate, to do so fearlessly in the streets and amongst the people; and precisely what happens when an artist positions himself both at the heart of society and at the margins.