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Halim Alkarim


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A native of Najaf, Iraq, Halim Al-Karim studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Baghdad and the Ritveld Academy in Amsterdam. He underwent a harrowing experience during the first Gulf War. Opposing Saddam’s regime and its compulsory military service he took to hiding in the desert, living for almost 3 years in a hole in the ground covered by a pile of rocks. He survived only through the assistan... MORE
Artist Bio
A native of Najaf, Iraq, Halim Al-Karim studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Baghdad and the Ritveld Academy in Amsterdam. He underwent a harrowing experience during the first Gulf War. Opposing Saddam’s regime and its compulsory military service he took to hiding in the desert, living for almost 3 years in a hole in the ground covered by a pile of rocks. He survived only through the assistance of a Bedouin woman who brought him food and water and taught him about gypsy customs and mysticism. Al-Karim has since emigrated to America, however, these events have had a profound effect on his life and form the basis for his art practice.

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