Abdulnasser Gharem was born in 1973 in Kamis Mushait in Saudi Arabia, where he still lives and works. His first contact with art was at the al-Miftaha Arts Village, where he learned to paint landscapes and portraits. Later, he adopted new media. A soldier in the Saudi army, Gharem is a hybrid figure, representing both obedience to the State and acting as a spokesman for a civil society. His works can be described as conceptual art that is also an instrument of social and political commitment: his works in particular describe and explore in depth the contemporary situation in Saudi Arabia. In his performances, documented through video, for example The Path (2007), Gharem uses the city itself as a place to launch social criticism, often seeking out collaborations with the local community.
In 2011 Gharem’s work was included in the 54th Venice Biennale. Exhibitions dedicated to his work include those at Edge of Arabia, London (2013), Side by Side Gallery, Berlin (2013); XVA Gallery, Dubai (2010). His work was included in the exhibition ‘Voice of Images’ (2012-13) at Palazzo Grassi.