A Culture We Have Been Trained to Fear

As anti-Muslim feeling in the US is stoked by Donald Trump, a group of young Saudi Arabian artists travel from Texas to California, exhibiting their work and confronting their audience’s fears, prejudices and stereotypes. They explain what it means to be an artist in Saudi Arabia.

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October 2016

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Ajlan Gharem

Ajlan Gharem is a multidisciplinary artist who explores Arab and Islamic culture in a world of increasing globalization and changing power dynamics. In a climate of rapid development across the Gulf and a cautious Saudi response to the growing art community, Ajlan’s work focuses on the balance of power between the individual and the state and on his generation’s ability to create change. Ajlan received an undergraduate degree in Mathematics at King Khalid University and continues to apply this analytical training to his art. Born in the conservative southern city of Khamis Mushayt in Saudi Arabia, Ajlan is now based in Riyadh where he works as a teacher of Mathematics at Al Sahabah Public School. He is a co-founder of Gharem Studio along with his brother, the artist Abdulnasser Gharem.

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