Karem Ibrahim, Egyptian artist, was born in Cairo 1969. He studied at Cairo Art Academy, UEL and the Slade School of Art (UCL) in London and has participated in national and international art shows and events. Affiliated with Critical Practice, a multi-disciplinary group, and member of the politically engaged Implicated Theatre group, he works in a variety of media.
Central to my work are my own observations and experiences.
Value, in both its theoretical and tangible meanings, is one of the most important issues that I deal with: the way things are seen and used, how fashions are followed and how things are viewed, priced, consumed and discarded. My work also touches on the relationship between the work and the viewer, engulfment, alienation and dislocation within a specific context.
Just as my experience of Egypt forms the greater part of my visual and social archive, many of the ideas I am currently exploring come from my present surroundings, namely London. However, I am still stimulated by issues which are of great relevance to the Middle East, such as inclusion and exclusion, borders and crossings, authority and bureaucracy, the dynamics of unequal power, arbitrariness and co-ercion, resistance to power, uneasiness, entrapment, tightness and comfort, availability of space, see-through walls and the world of the in-between.