- Copy: Dane Rahlf & Matt Norman
The Carrier: Steel structure, cladded with copper sheets and textile for the sides
Karam first began using the Archaic Procession to interact with urban contexts in 1993 through his Paris Metro billboard interventions. From 1994-2000, he developed a series of large-scale public art projects for his native Beirut, as a means of engaging with the city and its recent history. Karam’s Magic Cube installation at Sursock Museum brought an air of fantasy to the 1994 post-war climate, and the following year his Carrier installation at the National Museum called attention to the plight of Lebanon’s cultural heritage. In 1997, Karam entered into dialogue with the city of Prague through his summer installation, Encounter of Kafka and Kandinsky. The Archaic Procession then returned to the heart of downtown Beirut for an itinerant three-year project that aimed to bring new stories to the devastated city.
The Carrier, National Museum of Beirut (1995)
The Archaic Procession, downtown Beirut (1997-2000)
The Encounter of Kafka and Kandinsky, Manes Bridge, Prague (1997)