On the occasion of Aspen Ideas Festival 2016, Gharem Studio and CULTURUNNERS, in collaboration with Gonzo Gallery and The Open Mind Project opened the major exhibition: 'Gonzo Arabia: Contemporary Art from Saudi Arabia,' in the legendary Boogie’s building in the heart of downtown Aspen. In the spirit of the late, Colorado-based journalist, Hunter S. Thompson — pioneer of Gonzo journalism and champion of truth over fact — the participating Saudi artists had all embedded themselves within their societies and harnessed the potential of art as a cultural commentary, satire and social critique; through Gonzo-style performances and storytelling, they shared these experiences with audiences in Aspen.
See the full catalogue of 'Gonzo Arabia' from Aspen, Colorado
In June 2016, a group of Saudi artists acted upon a dream to discover the people and diversity of America—from the East to West coast–trekking across the US interstate highway system and major cities on a mission to collaborate with the communities they encountered.
A group of Saudi artists visit Dearborn, Michigan, to exhibit their artwork at The Arab American Museum, where locals get a chance to see tart coming from the Middle East first-hand.
Mecca Journeys was Ahmed Mater's first major solo exhibition in New York, presents a compelling portrait of the massive urban redevelopment now under way in the holiest city in the Islamic world, and its effects on residents and the millions of hajj pilgrims who travel there every year.
Desert to Delta at the Art Museum of the University of Memphis (AMUM) presents 20 artists and a video artist collective from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Pause was Abdulnasser Gharem's first major solo exhibition in the United States, presenting a remarkable body of work born in the aftermath of the tragic events of September 11, 2001.
Examining the parallels between spiritual and urban cultures in Saudi Arabia and Utah; and especially the symbolism of creativity that connects cities of pilgrimage in both places.
A group of young Saudi artists exhibit their work for the first time in San Francisco, California, at the Minnesota Street Project.
A group of Saudi artists visit Lewiston, Maine, to exhibit their artwork at Bates College, where students get a chance to see the art coming from the Middle East first-hand.