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Vie Sur Vie | May 10th-July 26th 2024

The exhibition will be on view till July 26, 2024
Location: ESA Business School, Henry et Nadège Obegi Gardens
Curated by Nadim Karam Studio
Opening hours: Open for visitors on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 9am to 7pm.
Private viewings and guided tours available by appointment via email: [email protected]

VIE SUR VIE, Nadim Karam’s latest exhibition opens at ESA Business School’s Henry et Nadège Obegi Gardens on May 10th, 2024. It invites us to reflect on the inter-connection between two sculpture series: To Be or Not to Be and Urban Bouquets in which the artist explores existentialism through his distinctive brand of humanism intertwined with absurdity.

The existential enquiry into being has persistently haunted Karam’s mindscape and permeated his body of work; it has underpinned the major themes he has explored, such as the nature of thought, migration, war, intense emotions and ultimately the paradox of life versus death. 

VIE SUR VIE invites us to reflect on the inter-connection between two sculpture series: To Be or Not to Be and Urban Bouquets.  Drawing from his experience of life in a region where the spectre of war is ever-present, Karam explores existentialism through his distinctive brand of humanism infused with absurdity. The materiality and compositions of the To Be or Not to Be works hint at the fact that amidst the existential struggle lies an opportunity to derive meaning from the very forces that unsettle us, and the Bouquets provide a much-needed respite from the weight of realities. 

Although created in response to geo-historical contexts, Karam’s production traverses multiple media, temporalities, and spaces, defying understanding within a singular temporality or space. It encompasses instead a multitude of inner geographies and life experiences, woven like communicating vessels, challenging nature, and opposing it with life and survival: vie/survie

In this exhibition, Karam offers visitors the chance to glimpse into his creative processes, and navigate a path through life and survival, where each encounter becomes a portal.