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Iraqi-born artist Halim Al Karim is internationally known for his unique combination of portrait photography and painting that he employs in his quest to express his universal concerns for humanity. Choosing love in the face of war and family over politics, Al Karim’s journey of self-discovery has informed his distinctive bodies of work.
A pivotal chapter in Al Karim’s life involved tremendous isolation in which he lived alone in the Iraqi desert for three years to avoid serving in the military under the regime of Saddam Hussein. As a distillation of such experiences, from the time Al Karim was young, his art has been dedicated to acknowledging the unvarnished realities of the human condition, yet with an overarching theme of love.
Al Karim is a native of Najaf, Iraq and studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Baghdad and the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. He divides his time between Denver and Dubai. His work has been exhibited widely and he represented Iraq at the 54th Venice Biennale in 2011.
The lecture will begin at 7 pm in the Sharp Auditorium at the Denver Art Museum’s Frederic C. Hamilton Building. Doors open at 6:15 pm.
Tickets are $8 students and DAM volunteers, $12 DAMC members and artists, $15 DAM members, $18 others.
Sponsored by Vicki and Kent Logan and DAM Contemporaries, a DAM support group.