The Times Abdulnasser Gharem: ‘My military training taught me to dedicate myself to my mission’

On the face of it, it’s funny. A Middle Eastern man walks through the streets with a shop mannequin tucked under one arm. He is looking for a delivery company that will send it to Riyadh. However, no one will help him. No clerk will send a nude female to Saudi Arabia. So the man resorts to chopping his mannequin up into dozens of numbered chunks. These get past customs officers. The woman is rebuilt like a piece of flat-pack furniture and the video ends with a group of 22 Saudi artists solemnly sketching from the reconstituted nude.

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