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Lokarjeva Gallery Ajdovščina, Prešernova 15.

You are kindly invited to attend the opening on Friday December 5, 2014 at 7pm.

5. 12. 2014 - 9. 1. 2015.

Azad Karim

The Rihard Jakopič award ceremony took place on 10th of April 2014 at Modern Gallery in Ljubljana. This years grand prize winner of biggest national fine art award is Jože Barši. The winners of Jakopič prizes for year 2014 are Nika Autor and Azad Karim. Azad Karim is a painter and graphic artist originally from Kurdistan, Iraq, now living in Slovenia for more than thirty years. His poethic artistic expression include civilizational realities of his homeland and cultural specifics of his new country. The Rihard Jakopič award and prizes are grant by Association of Slovenian artists, Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Museum of Modern Art and the Slovenian Association of Art Critics.

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Azad Karim

 

2013 - Gallery Milotič, Pula, Croatia
Foreword about author by Anamarija Stibilj Šajn

To Azad Karim, born into the land between Euphrates and Tigris, Mesopotamia is still »the birthplace« in which he discovers, nurtures, and, briefly speaking, cradles his artistic expression. Not only is the author a visual companion or admirer of this world and its »physical« component, but an artist who continuously brings the »genius loci« of his native environment alive as a memory and a reflection. He finds inspiration for his work in the magic power of ancient traditions which speak to him. He is immersed in their enigmas; he travels millenniums back in time among ancient forms, and picturesque legends to find his message and discover the truth.In this way he creates his own, deeply personal and established authorial poetics. More ...

2013 - Coastal Galleries Piran, Exhibition Centre Monfort Portoroz, Lost Artifacts exibition
Foreword about author by Nives Marvin

A look into Azad Karim’s more than thirty-year-long creative work presents us with an interesting and logical evolution of a sensitive artist. The noble antique civilisations between the Euphrates and the Tigris and the current political situation in this part of the world, as well as the author’s vision and experience of his everyday life, lived in Slovenia, are the impulses which define Azad Karim’s artistic expression. More ...

 

2013 -  Provincial Museum Ptuj Ormoz, Lost Artifacts exhibition
Foreword about author by Nives Marvin
Curator: Stanka Gačnik

Kurd by origin, his painting matrix in the specific colour range, his poetics of symbols, intertwining experiences of European modernism with Eastern mysticism are the features that make Azad Karim’s artistic expression distinct and recognisable, distinguished by the painter’s original iconographic system of meanings, within which the viewer is especially attracted to the exciting and mysterious script characters and inscriptions as carriers of his intimate, sometimes also discretely nostalgic memory and message. More ...

 

Azad Karim

 

Azad Karim

2012 - Rijskmuseum van Oudheden – National Museum of Antiquities, Leiden, Netherlands – Verloren Erfgoed/Lost Heritage. Exhibition consists of paintings, instalations and videos.
Foreword about author by Hanneke Kik

Human suffering in times of war often makes us forget that cultural heritage suffers during violent conflicts. Only when peace has returned, it becomes clear what has been destroyed – on purpose or accidental -, what has disappeared and what is left.
The artist Azad Karim (1954, Arbil, Kurdistan, Iraq) is extremely aware of the vulnerability of cultural heritage through his Kurdish background. Although he has worked and lived in Slovnia since the 1970s, what happens in the Near East still shakes him to the core. More ...

2012 - Galerija Frederiek van Der Vlist - Fine Arts

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2012 - Museum of Dolenjska, Novo Mesto, Jakčev dom, catalog The whole Earth had one language
Foreword about author by Jasna Kocuvan

The essential motive of Karim's works entitled Abandoned Houses, which he has been creating over the past years, is a quotation from the First Book of Moses. This quotation namely speaks about the Tower of Babel, saying: »So Jehovah scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off building the city.«

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2010 - Mediteran - Split

Foreword about exhibition by Tonko Maroević

This manifestation, organized by art gallery "Kula" from Split, is one of the series of exhibitions promoting Mediterranean inspiration in artistic achievements. A lot of paintings and sculptures created in different settings, representing different generations of artists, belonging to different nations and poetics will be brought together, willing to compete with the spirit of the climate "genius loci".

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