In ART
Following the last issue of Selections, Frequently Asked Questions in Art, we continue our quest to analyse what surrounds us in the art world. However, this time, for our 21 Artists and a Biennial issue, we take you backstage to expose you to the world of research in the 21st century. Because the most important part of our work is research, we analyse both the material we receive and what we find, basing ourselves on today’s most common search tools: online search engines, online encyclopaedia, social media, carefully written press releases, email exchanges with the artist’s gallery and the artist him/herself. After laying down the information we’ve gathered onto our pages, we invite you to make your own analysis.
Portrait of Ahmed Abdel Karim. Courtesy of the artist.

Portrait of Ahmed Abdel Karim. Courtesy
of the artist.

Professor Ahmed
Abdel Karim
Born in 1973 in Cairo

STUDIED ART AT CAIRO UNIVERSITY AND OBTAINED HIS MASTER’S AND PHD IN DESIGN PHILOSOPHY. HE IS A MEMBER OF THE SYNDICATE OF FINE ARTISTS (CERAMICS)

 

Ceramic ware, 25 x 60 x 50 cm. It was exhibited in Third International Ceramics Symposium 2017. Collectible of an European hotel. Courtesy of the artist.

Ceramic ware, 25 x 60 x 50 cm. It was exhibited in Third International Ceramics Symposium 2017. Collectible of an European hotel. Courtesy of the artist.

HE WAS THE CHAIRMAN
OF THE JURY OF THE
FIRST CERAMIC SALON
COMPETITION IN 2015


He was assigned
to teach ceramics
and sculpture
in universities

 

Ahmed Abdel Karim, I don’t Know, 1995, 25 x 25 cm. Courtesy of the artist.

Ahmed Abdel Karim, I don’t Know, 1995, 25 x 25 cm. Courtesy of the artist.

HE WAS A LEADER
IN ARTS OF MEDIA
AND THE ENTRY
OF SOUND TO
THE ARTWORK


He has a special interest in human heritage
Commissar for the Salon of Youth in Egypt
Commissar of the Fifth Ceramics Symposium

 

 

 

 

Egyptian faces, earthenware. Two pieces, 30 x 90 x 45 cm. From the South Salon Exhibition, 2016. Courtesy of the artist
Egyptian faces, earthenware. Two pieces, 30 x 90 x 45 cm. From the South Salon Exhibition, 2016. Courtesy of the artist

HE WON THE GRAND PRIZE (GOLDEN AKHENATEN PRIZE) AT THE 15TH YOUTH SALON IN 2003

He has participated
in more than 40 local
group exhibitions and 12
international exhibitionsa

He participated in
the second, third and
fourth International
Ceramic Symposium

Naked woman sitting on the grass. Ceramics, 65 x 25x 40 cm. Naguib Sawiris collection from the general exhibition 2017. Courtesy of the artist.
Naked woman sitting on the grass. Ceramics, 65 x 25x 40 cm. Naguib Sawiris collection from the general exhibition 2017. Courtesy of the artist.

HE WAS THE FIRST PERFORMER IN PERFORMANCE ART IN EGYPT IN 1994

VENICE BIENNALE – Ahmed Abdel Karim
LOCATION: Giardini


Ahmed Abdel Karim along with artists Ahmad Shiha and Islam Abdullah are participating in the Egypt Pavilion at Venice Biennial. The pavilion is under named “Khnum Across Times.”

“We believe that nations have built up their grandeur upon successful team work and absolutely not on the shoulder of one single person.”

KHNUM ACROSS TIMES WITNESS IS A PHILOSOPHY OF ART THAT BLENDS PAST AND PRESENT, OLD AND MODERN, EARTH AND SKY. IT’S INSPIRED BY ANCIENT EGYPTIAN ARCHITECTURE AND REFORMULATED IN TODAY’S WORLD USING MODERN TECHNOLOGY TECHNIQUES, ESTABLISHING THE RULES MAKES US STAND TOGETHER TO RE-EVALUATE OURSELVES TO REACH TOGETHER FOR THE FACT THAT WE ARE OF THE SAME ORIGIN.

KHNUM IS THE TRUSTED TEMPLE SECRETS GUARD AND THE HISTORY TELLER. KHNUM IS THE ENVOY WHO REGISTERED EVERYTHING THAT HAS BEEN SEEN, THE RECEIVER OF THE CELESTIAL ORACLES, WHO DECODED THE CIPHERED MESSAGES. WHEN KHNUM CALLS OUT, ONLY THE CONTEMPLATED WISE WOULD HEAR THE CALLS. WHEN WE HEAR HIS VOICE, WE SEE THE FACE THAT REFLECTS WHAT HAS BEEN LIVED AND SEEN ON THAT EVENTFUL ROAD HE GUARDS. DESPITE OUR DIFFERENT LANGUAGES, WE STILL FEEL AND UNDERSTAND WHAT TRANSFERS TO US VISUALLY. THIS DIFFERENCE UNITES OUR THIRST TO KNOW AND TO UNDERSTAND THE VISUAL LANGUAGE. HERE COMES THE POWER OF THE ETERNAL VISUAL MESSAGES THAT WE COMPREHEND DESPITE OUR DIVERSE TONGUES. WE STILL SPEND AND LIVE IN INTERESTING TIMES WITH SHARING AND LEARNING FROM THEM.

BELIEVING IN THE SPIRIT OF TEAMWORK, THE ARTISTIC MEETING BETWEEN THE TWO ARTISTS ISLAM ABDULLAH AND AHMED ABDEL KARIM RESULTED IN 17 COOPERATIVE ARTWORKS THAT HAD IMPRESSIVE SUCCESS AND EARNED GREAT PRIZES, INCLUDING THE PRESTIGIOUS GOLDEN AKHENATEN AWARD.

“Khnum” is meant to be a cultural mediator defying all obstacles and challenges.

Pavilion of Egypt, Khnum across Times Witness, 58th International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia, May You Live In Interesting Times. Photo by Francesco Galli. Courtesy: La Biennale di Venezia.

Pavilion of Egypt, Khnum across Times Witness, 58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, May You Live In Interesting Times. Photo by Francesco Galli. Courtesy: La Biennale di Venezia.

 

Pavilion of Egypt, Khnum across Times Witness, 58th International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia, MayYou Live In Interesting Times. Photo by Francesco Galli. Courtesy: La Biennale di Venezia.

Pavilion of Egypt, Khnum across Times Witness, 58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, MayYou Live In Interesting Times. Photo by Francesco Galli. Courtesy: La Biennale di Venezia.


A VERSION OF THIS ARTICLE APPEARED IN PRINT IN SELECTIONS, 21 ARTISTS AND A BIENNIAL #49, PAGES 44-49

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