Born in Senegal in 1957, Nadim Karam is a Lebanese artist and architect whose multidisciplinary practice includes urban installation, drawing, painting, sculpture, and writing. His artistic practice reflects themes of history, memory, anxiety and dreams. Karam's works are rebellious yet optimistic, even when addressing the topics of violence and war. Recently, his work has focused on the isolation, fear, and tedium that affects daily urban life, particularly in Middle Eastern cities. Karam reexamines the contextual issues that surround these problems, such as pluralism and social division, in order to reframe them as a source of understanding rather than the root of conflict. He has been commissioned to produce many large-scale urban installations based on his 'dreams' for the cities in which they are built, including Melbourne, London, Prague, and Tokyo.
Karam first studied architecture at the American University of Beirut and later travelled to Japan in 1982 to study at the University of Tokyo, where he earned his doctorate in architecture. Karam has exhibited his work at the Liverpool, Kwangju Art, and Venice Architecture Biennales, and he curated Lebanon's entry in the first International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam in 2003. He also regularly lectures at universities and conferences around the world.