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Specially commissioned by the Art & Patronage Summit: The Middle East 2012
To be auctioned at Sotheby’s on 13th January in support of Project Mart recipients
Boardroom & New Gallery
34-35 New Bond Street
London W1A 2AA
About the Artist
Nadim Karam's first art exhibitions about war, life and death were in Tokyo while completing a doctorate in architecture. Having returned to Beirut, he sought to reach the Lebanese directly through urban installations. The temporary installations at Sursock Museum ('94), the National Museum place ('95), and downtown Beirut ('97-2000) were about dreams, stories of the past, but essentially about the absurd attachment to symbols that had destroyed the city. He brought his own vocabulary of symbols which, through different locations and compositions over three years, tried to bring new stories to Beirut.
The Cloud, the Fisherman, and the Mutating Cities
by Nadim Karam
Material: Stainless steel and sand
The Cloud is a horizontal antithesis to the forest of skyscrapers spreading over the Gulf region. It is a public dream space on an elevated platform to counterbalance the exclusivity of the high-rise buildings, each with their private zones in the sky.
The artwork opens the debate on the rapid growth of the cities of the Gulf region, the nature of their mutation and the way they affect culture.