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Abdulnasser Gharem_Camouflage_2017_Digital print and lacquer paint on rubber stamps on alu


Solo exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

April 16, 2017–July 02, 2017


Abdulnasser Gharem: Pause at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) marked the first solo presentation by the artist in the U.S. The exhibition was curated by Linda Komaroff, Curator of Islamic Art and Department Head of Art of the Middle East at LACMA, and included 11 remarkable works of sculpture, stamp paintings, prints, and film—all of which were created in the aftermath of the tragic events of September 11, 2001. For Gharem, seeing the World Trade Center destroyed on television was a horrific moment that  seemed to make the world standstill, or pause; he learned soon after that two of the  hijackers were former classmates. The fact that Gharem is a Muslim, an Arab, and a  lieutenant colonel in the Saudi Arabian army provided added resonance for an American audience, while serving as a reminder that terrorism is experienced on a global scale.


Part of Bridges 2016 – 2017: An Ithra Initiative


Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)


The King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithra) / Saudi Aramco


Produced by
CULTURUNNERS / Edge of Arabia



Catalogue book design (59 pages)

Invitation post card