Halim Al Karim

ARTIST Halim Al-Karim

Born in 1963 in Najaf, Iraq
Works and lives in between Denver and Dubai

Halim Al Karim left Iraq after graduating from the Academy of Fine Arts in Baghdad in 1988. During a transitional stay in Amman, Jordan, Al Karim practiced sculpture and painting. He then emigrated to the Netherlands and enrolled in the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam from 1996 to 2000. He studied the technical and aesthetic principles of photographic images and the history of photography in contemporary and modern art. He was quick to integrate the creative potentials into his own personal and artistic projects. Photography has since become the main medium of expression for his aesthetic and existential concerns.

To Halim Al Karim photography is not merely an art form purported to reproduce reality faithfully; it is a means to question, analyse, and understand the essence and complexity of the world around him. His artwork therefore lends itself to decipherment and should be read from the perspective of an existential unveiling, confronting the wounded memory and experience of exile with the desire to lift the mask from a dehumanising reality.

Without abandoning his culture, he has incorporated certain perspectives of modernity and thus delivers to us an original, brand new body of work.

Master Slider


Museum of Contemporary Art, Mexico City, Mexico

Arab Museum of Contemporary Art, Doha,  Qatar

Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah, UAE

Darat Al Funun, Amman, Jordan

Institut du Monde Arabe (IMA), Paris, France

Saatchi Gallery, London, UK

Sovereign Art Foundation, Hong Kong

Victoria et Albert Museum, London, UK

Weng Art Foundation, Krefeld, Germany

Expositions majeures


Arab Express: The Latest Art From The Arab World, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo


54ème Biennale de Venise, Pavillon Iraquien, Venise, Italy
See the Light, Louis Vuitton Hong Kong Gallery, Hong Kong, China


Witness From Baghdad, Darat Al Funun, Amman, Jordan
Nujoom: Constellations of Arab Art from the Farjam Collection, Dubai, UAE


Unveiled: New Art from the Middle East, Galerie Saatchi, Londres, UK
Musée Paul Klee, Berne, Switzerland


Biennale Internationale du Caire, Le Caire, Egypt


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