Additional images and information - Halim Al-Karim
Various and images - Halim Al-Karim
Selected works and press releases from past shows:
Iraqi artist Halim Al-Karimâ€™s installations reflect his experience of exile from his homeland as well as his attempts to retain his humanity in light of unspeakable brutality. In Passage to Sumer, Al-Karim metaphorically smuggles his soul back to the times of the Sumerian civilization in ancient Iraq. This installation is a symbolic recollection upon how Al- Karimâ€™s dreams became the shelter where his soul took refuge from the cruelty.
Representing gallery, Dubai
Born in Najaf, Iraq Halim Al-Karim is a refugee living in Amsterdam. His work reflects the notion that our existence is not our destiny. Al-Karim's art is not an example of the brutality he has survived but the outward representation of the sublime dreams of his own inner world. His art offers symbolic shelter to recover from the disastrous violence of mankind.
Short review of Halim Al Karim at Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art:
The work of Halim AL-Karim is on the first floor and is reflective of Karim's childhood in Iraq. I listened to an I-Pod as I walked around the exhibit and would have been lost with out it. I find that an explanation is needed for most contemporary works. However, I became enchanted by the work of Al-Karim.
ZVA aspires to as international a mix as possible and over the past 10 months I've seen Syrian, Sri Lankan, Palestinian, Iranian, Greek, Pakistani, Iraqi, Lebanese, American, Saudi, British and Turkish work covering painting, photography, installation, sculpture and even furniture and fashion! The current exhibition, Coma in Paradise, is by one of the resident artists at the XVA, Iraqi born Halim Al Karim.
According to XVA, the gallery that represents Halim Al-Karim in Dubai, his work â€˜offers symbolic shelter to recover from the disastrous violence of mankind.â€™ As an Iraqi artist born and bred (Al-Karim is a graduate of the Baghdad Academy of Fine Arts), it would be fair to say that he has been closer than many to mankindâ€™s disastrous violence.