The Gesture

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.’’

Through The Gesture series, Karam processes his emotions and reflections in the wake of the 2020 August 4th Beirut Port Blast that destroyed the port of Beirut and its surroundings.
These works from this series represent a cathartic healing process that helped the artist confront the resulting devastation and loss in his city.