LBCI TV | Interview Nadim Karam

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Watch the replay of yesterday’s episode of the program Kalam al-Nas with Nadim Karam on this link:

http://www.lbcgroup.tv/watch/chapter/33391/70485/نديم-كرم/ar

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Study on paper, ‘The Travelers’

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This preparatory work is a study on #paper that led to the permanent #urban#installation ‘The Travelers’. The watercolor depicts the large #sculpturesthat cross the Yarra River every morning, noon and evening.
Their movement recalls the #memories of #migrants who used to traverse the bridge coming from the port of Melbourne, Australia for more than a century.
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‘The Travelers’ #publicart project by #NadimKaram & Atelier #hapsitus

Archaic Procession Overlaps

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The overlaps of the #ArchaicProcession’s #elements represented in these #drawings are part of an exploration of forms and shapes that preceded the creation of ‘The Travelers’, a permanent large scale #installation on Sandridge BridgeMelbourne, Australia. This #publicartproject celebrates immigration and multiculturalism.
The works on paper have never been published or exhibited before.
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‘The Travelers’ project by #nadimkaram & Atelier #Hapsitus

Stretching Thoughts Exhibition – Nadim Karam

Join us for NadimKaram‬’s ‘StretchingThoughts‬’ exhibition starting on the 21st of January 2016 at AyyamGalleryBeirut‬.

In the 90’s, Nadim Karam created the Archaic Procession, a celebration of diversity and plurality which he developed through public art projects, paintings and sculptures.

Retracing the line through Karam’s work, the Elephant- one of the most renowned figures of the procession- can be linked to his more recent body of work, Stretching Thoughts. The Elephant, by dint of its size, hosts not only the entire archaic procession, but also a mass of memories and humanity. However, even the Elephant could not contain all of this effervescence, which came bursting out in an aura that is depicted in the Peacock Elephant.
The Elephant then started to carry a cloud over its head…
Keep posted for more highlights on how Nadim Karam’s body of work has unfolded up until the conception of the Stretching Thoughts series.

The Elephant carrying the Chair on the Cloud-Nadim Karam

The Elephant carrying the Chair on the Cloud-Nadim Karam

A STORY OF A FORGOTTEN TAIL #1

… It began by thinking about the projects that I have realized globally, and the aim behind them.  What have I been searching for through these projects? How was freedom, if at all, involved in the making of these projects? Shouldn’t we creative people be pioneers in the continual redefinition of the expression of freedom?  Obviously, the world is connected.  Virtually and digitally speaking, boundaries between peoples are vanishing.  Practically and physically the boundaries are evident.  However, there is now a chasm between the ability to talk to the world and the ability to get there.

I remain convinced that there is no absolute freedom.  There are invisible governing networks that apply differently to different encounters and places on earth, creating fragmented negotiated freedoms.  There could be absolute freedom if one was isolated in a room to create, without any interference whatsoever.  But the moment one leaves the room and intermingles with the surroundings, freedom becomes a matter for negotiation between oneself and the other – it becomes relative.

These reflections took me back to a story I have been developing for several years.  A story that I have kept in the drawer for a long time, made of a series of sketches that spread over several sketch books.

The story begins with light, that omnipresent global hope, freely moving in the universe.  It has been proven scientifically, that light appears sometimes as a wave and at other times as a particle.

In my story, a light particle moving towards planet earth became fainter and fainter as it approached.  In a last effort, the light particle joined with a complementary light wave, and formed a creature with a shape resembling a head and a tail.  It was called Dede.

Getting closer to the earth, it discovered the human race, and became fascinated by the range and colours of their artificial creations. Dede decided that he wanted to enter the human world.

It took much of discussion and a lot of resistance from a Board of Stars, who considered humans puny, tiny little things; irrelevant in the vastness of the universe of light.  But Dede insisted.  He wanted to explore the world of things that human had created, from tastes like chocolate and ice-cream, bright colours and funky cars to tantalizing textures, smells and sounds.  At last, it was agreed to allow him to descend amongst the human beings, and he acquired a body mainly made of cotton.  He landed on earth, but discovered that he had unwillingly retained an element from his previous being: HIS TAIL.Image