Coma in Paradise

22 Oct 2014 – 25 Nov 2014

Amelia Johnson Contemporary

Hong Kong
Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong


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Coma in Paradise boldly addresses the artist’s acute concern for personal and political freedoms in societies around the world, particularly in the Middle East, and continues Al Karim’s explorations on themes of politics, gender, fear, love, violence and the power of memory and its ability to recall the good and render the bad obsolete.

Forced to flee Iraq in 1991 for political reasons, Al Karim’s artistic practice is largely influenced by years of hiding, persecution and violence that he suffered during the Gulf War. By manipulating his subjects to create striking blurred portraits, implying an uncertainty of context, time and space, Al Karim prompts the viewer to consider realities beyond the phyisical appearance of the body. These techniques are used by the artist as means to overcome the effects of politics of deception and, in turn, transform the artist and the camera into a single entity; one seeking a greater truth.

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