Nadim Karam: Urban Stories

24 April - 19 May 2017

Internationally renowned Lebanese artist and architect Nadim Karam will stage his first exhibition at The Fine Art Society. Entitled 'Urban Stories', the exhibition will present a comprehensive survey of Karam's multidisciplinary practice over a twenty year period.


The show will feature a selection of sculptures and paintings from Karam's 'Toys' and 'Stretching Thoughts' series, as well as over 40 unseen works on paper from his 1993 sketchbook, which represent the inception of the iconic 'Archaic Procession' series. The results of Nadim's artistic explorations and experiments, these works are indissolubly linked with the other dimension of his practice that cannot fit inside an exhibition space: his public art projects.


A sculptor, painter, urbanist and architect based in Beirut, Nadim Karam is one of the region's strongest artistic voices. Born in Senegal, raised in Lebanon and educated in Japan, Karam's work is informed by his unique cross-cultural perspective. With Atelier Hapsitus, the company he founded in Beirut, Karam has created large-scale urban art projects for cities as diverse as London, Prague, Melbourne and Tokyo, exploring the use of public art as an instrument of storytelling and activism. Karam refers to his iconic steel creations as "urban toys" or "dream catalysts" that are designed to inject an element of playfulness and fantasy into urban environments.


Imbued of the artist's vocabulary, a focus point of the exhibition is the sculpture Trou de Mémoire, composed of two circular works placed opposite each other. 'Memory' carries 30 year of Karam's stories and memories radiating outward from a central hollow, while 'Void' is made of a smooth and empty surface, reflective of all the possibilities yet to come and mirror of all memories.