The act of sketching for Karam is a lifelong, almost instinctive practice; not only a tool to express/approach the self and the other, but also to comprehend and configure a relation to personal and external realities. Karam’s work on paper is thus the foundation from which his paintings, sculptures and public art emerge and expand.
‘’For me, says Karam, the creative process is basically a manifestation of the inquisitive mind and human condition through stories, memories and identities, starting always with the stroke of a pencil. Although constantly in doubt, I have the certainty that it is about creating, not destroying. Sometimes, it feels like we are working against the tide, but it just needs persistence; this optimistic act of sketching.’’
The Fragile series addresses displaced peoples affected by global contemporary realities, delivering a powerful message through imaginings of the individual stories of migrants. Fragile echoes a collective distress and questions the processes of mediatisation of transnational political crises, especially how they translate into prevailing discourses and how far they can be from actuality.