“Amma baad is presence which occurs in the future, it occupies a space in reality through a presence that precedes it”

Nasser El Salem

In his first solo presentation in the UK, Nasser Al Salem presents a project exploring the relationship between language, time and space through a series of sculptural and multimedia workings of the phrase ‘there after’ in its Arabic script. ‘Amma baad’ is an expression used in official correspondence which follows sentences of salutations and greetings and precedes the act of formulating the story to come. ‘Amma’ acts as a substitute to the act and asserts what is to follow, while ‘baad’ is a dimension in time and space.

Nasser Al Salem is formally trained in calligraphy and architecture, both disciplines that have had a strong impact in the development of his practice. He engages with new perspectives towards the written word and calligraphy. He lives and work in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. During summer 2018 Al Salem was an artist-in-residence at Delfina Foundation.

Curated by Maya El Khalil.


Tue 2 July–Sat 10 Aug 2019

(Saturdays 12.00pm start)

Free Entry
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