Halim Al-Karim (Iraqi, b. 1963)
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Halim Al-Karim (Iraqi, b. 1963)

Hidden Victims

Halim Al-Karim (Iraqi, b. 1963)
Hidden Victims
lambda print
each: 73¼ x 48 7/8in. (186 x 124cm.);
overall: 73¼ x 146½in. (185 x 372cm.)
Executed in 2008, this work is number one from an edition of three plus two artist's proofs
Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner in 2008.
H. Amirsadeghi et al. (eds.), New Vision: Arab Contemporary Art in the 21st Century, London 2011 (another from the edition illustrated in colour, p. 185).
London, Saatchi Gallery, Unveiled: New Art from the Middle East, 2009 (illustrated in colour, pp. 11-12).
Venice, 54th Venice Biennale Iraq Pavillion, Acqua Ferita/Wounded Water, 2011 (another from the edition exhibited).
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Lot Essay

Al-Karim's Hidden series is a response to the artist's own unimaginable experiences and his ongoing observances of the turbulences in his homeland. With pieces titled Hidden War, Hidden Victims, Hidden Witnesses, Al-Karim raises the awareness of not only the devastating effects of violence, but its many manifestations - both physical and psychological - from the political to the economic and domestic. His works adopt a skewed sense of scale and resolve to conceptually shift between the macro and the micro, the societal and individual, physical and emotive, offering a tranquil and meditative pause and space for reflection and catharsis.


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