Karim Al Husseini

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Born to Palestinian parents who moved with Jordanian passports, Husseini was raised in Egypt till the age of 19, then moved to the United States. From 2003 till 2006 he served in the US Army in which he became a veteran from the Iraqi war. Husseini’s practice spans music, sound, video and installation. Introduced for the very first time as an installation artist, Husseini has been involved in several performance based events, and video/audio projects throughout the Middle East. Throughout the past three years, Husseini has been practicing studio art and has worked closely with well-established artists in the region such as Khaled Hafez. Husseini develops numerous sound pieces for visual art projects. From his most recent is the screening of his latest video “Lesson” in the 9th International Bamako Encounters in Bamako, Mali (2011).

Projects include:
“Lesson,” November 2011, 9th Bamako Encouters, Bamako, Mali. “North West Nirvanty,” In Search of Eden series, September 2011, Spazio Qubi, Turin (Italy). “Change is Needed” (audio/video music piece), March 2011. “Day Dreaming” (video and music piece), July 2010. “Tuning Your Senses,” (audio/video music piece), July 2010. “Change is Needed,” music composition, for The Video Diaries (Khaled Hafez, 2011) March 2010. Audio Score, On Presidents and Superheroes, The A77a Project (Video Artist: Khaled Hafez) October 2009, . Live Music Performance “Live Under Fire,” Mosul (Iraq), June 2006.

Born to Palestinian parents who moved with Jordanian passports, Husseini was raised in Egypt till the age of 19, then moved to the United States. From 2003 till 2006 he served in the US Army in which he became a veteran from the Iraqi war. Husseini’s practice spans music, sound, video and installation. Introduced for the very first time as an installation artist, Husseini has been involved in several performance based events, and video/audio projects throughout the Middle East. Throughout the past three years, Husseini has been practicing studio art and has worked closely with well-established artists in the region such as Khaled Hafez. Husseini develops numerous sound pieces for visual art projects. From his most recent is the screening of his latest video “Lesson” in the 9th International Bamako Encounters in Bamako, Mali (2011).

Projects include:
“Lesson,” November 2011, 9th Bamako Encouters, Bamako, Mali. “North West Nirvanty,” In Search of Eden series, September 2011, Spazio Qubi, Turin (Italy). “Change is Needed” (audio/video music piece), March 2011. “Day Dreaming” (video and music piece), July 2010. “Tuning Your Senses,” (audio/video music piece), July 2010. “Change is Needed,” music composition, for The Video Diaries (Khaled Hafez, 2011) March 2010. Audio Score, On Presidents and Superheroes, The A77a Project (Video Artist: Khaled Hafez) October 2009, . Live Music Performance “Live Under Fire,” Mosul (Iraq), June 2006.

The Black Box Project - THE BLACK BOX came to life at 5:00 am on June 22nd 2012, whilst Karim Al Husseini and Documentarist Khaled Ramadan had decided to welcome statements towards the elections in Egypt on the brink of a new presidency after 30 years of static presence. THE BLACK BOX is a reference to the actual box found usually in airplanes, a flight data recording system where it is usually used for accident investigations. Fifteen minutes prior to a plane crash, would it identify what had happened if there was… Karim Al Husseini

The Nirvanty Series - An explanation about the three projects done to date at the following three venues: 1. Spazio Qubi, Turin - Italy 2. Palace of the Arts, Cairo - Egypt 3. Maraya Art Centre, Sharjah - UAE 4. The Hub, London - England Karim Al Husseini

Northwest Nirvanty (from the In Search of Eden Series), 1.5 m in diameter, multimedia installation with soda bottles, paper, wire and button motifs - In Husseini’s work “North West Nirvanty,” from the In Search of Eden series, he addresses what defines his understanding of paradise: Nirvanty – or My Nirvana, by creating a patch of flowers occupying a section of the space in glass soda bottles. Husseini’s North West, is the direction that occupied his military training when in the American army, based in the North West region of the United States. Arranged in the shape of an eight-pointed Islamic star, which by symbol is the seal of the… Karim Al Husseini

South Nirvanty (from the In Search of Eden Series), 1.5 m in diameter, multimedia installation with soda bottles, paper, wire and button motifs - On view at the 2011 Egyptian Youth Salon, opening November 14th, 2011 at the Cairo Opera House, Palace of the Arts (Cairo, Egypt). Karim Al Husseini is an honorary guest (Palestine). Karim Al Husseini

Renditions Info File - RENDITIONS, part of the Contemporary Arab Video Encounter | CAVE, curated by Aida Eltorie Maraya Art Centre, November 21st, 2011 - January 22nd, 2012 www.findingprojects.org www.maraya.ae Karim Al Husseini

Entrance to Maraya Art Centre, "Renditions" banner - Opened on November 21st, 2011 Maraya Art Centre 2 Tawuun Road, Al Qasba Sharjah UAE Karim Al Husseini

Nirvanty Flower Bouquet - Flower bouquet displayed at exhibition hall entrance Maraya Art Centre 2 Tawuun Road, Al Qasba Sharjah, UAE Karim Al Husseini

Exhibition photo (Courtesy of Al Qasba) - Exhibition photo, "East Nirvanty" installation facing the video work of Assia Lakhlif "La Anam" (Sleepless). Installation Dimensions: 2 m diameter Karim Al Husseini

Exhibition Photo (courtesy of Al Qasba) - Exhibition Photo detail of video "Lesson" 2 mins, 2011. Karim Al Husseini

Exhibition Photo (Courtesy of Al Qasba) - Exhibition Photo, "East Nirvanty" installation facing video work of Assia Lakhlif "La Anam" (Sleepless). Installation dimensions: 2 m diameter Karim Al Husseini

Lesson, 2011 (audio/video music piece, 2 mins) - Screen Shot 2 “Lesson” My latest video in the 9th International Bamako Encounters in Bamako, Mali (2011). Karim Al Husseini

Coca Colty - Coca Colty Coca Colty from the in search of Eden series. Coca Cola bottles printed Edition 1/3. Designs extracted from "Nirvanty" designs. Karim Al Husseini

East Nirvanty (detail) - Maraya Art Centre 2 Tawuun Road, Al Qasba Sharjah, UAE Karim Al Husseini

Husseini Flag - Design Your Own Flag / The Changing Room: Arab Reflections on Praxis and Times (catalogue edition) - Turino, 2011 Karim Al Husseini

Flag Detail - Designed by Karim Al Husseini Karim Al Husseini

"Dew Not", promotional image - "Dew Not" is a mixed media animation produced as Karim Al Husseini's 5th collective work towards the Palestinian cause. A reflection of the Palestinian migration which has been lived through out history over the past 60 years, Al Husseini family are one of the fundamental pillars of Jerusalem and Palestine for over 650 years as it traces back to the lineage of the Prophet Muhammad's (PBUH) family from its roots, and branched down all the way to one of the artist's… Karim Al Husseini

Lesson, 2011 (audio/video music piece, 2 mins) - Latest video “Lesson” in the 9th International Bamako Encounters in Bamako, Mali (2011). Karim Al Husseini

Lesson, 2011 (audio/video music piece, 2 mins) - Screen Shot 3 “Lesson” My latest video in the 9th International Bamako Encounters in Bamako, Mali (2011). Karim Al Husseini

Day Dreaming, 2010 (audio/video music piece, 3:23 mins) Screen shot 1 - Karim Al Husseini

Day Dreaming, 2010 (audio/video music piece, 3:23 mins) Screen shot 2 - Karim Al Husseini

Day Dreaming, 2010 (audio/video music piece, 3:23 mins) Screen shot 3 - Karim Al Husseini

Tuning Your Senses, 2010 (audio/video/photo stills music piece, 5:24 mins) Screen shot 1 - Karim Al Husseini

Tuning Your Senses, 2010 (audio/video/photo stills music piece, 5:24 mins) Screen shot 3 - Karim Al Husseini

Tuning Your Senses, 2010 (audio/video/photo stills music piece, 5:24 mins) Screen shot 2 - Karim Al Husseini

Change is Needed, 2009 (audio/video music piece, 3:25 mins) - Change is Needed Audio Speach Change is Needed Imagination And the use of creativity And the use of brains to think of new ideas We don't want to do things the same old way We suspect the same old way Therefore as you come here I hope you come with an attitude that change will be a way of life form You will not be doing things tomorrow the way you are doing them today And if you do, we will feel like some way or another the momentum that has taken years and years to build up is… Karim Al Husseini

Change is Needed, 2009 (audio/video music piece, 3:25 mins) - Change is Needed Imagination And the use of creativity And the use of brains to think of new ideas We don't want to do things the same old way We suspect the same old way Therefore as you come here I hope you come with an attitude that change will be a way of life form You will not be doing things tomorrow the way you are doing them today And if you do, we will feel like some way or another the momentum that has taken years and years to build up is perhaps slowing down, and I assure you Karim Al Husseini

Change is Needed, 2009 (audio/video music piece, 3:25 mins) - Change is Needed Imagination And the use of creativity And the use of brains to think of new ideas We don't want to do things the same old way We suspect the same old way Therefore as you come here I hope you come with an attitude that change will be a way of life form You will not be doing things tomorrow the way you are doing them today And if you do, we will feel like some way or another the momentum that has taken years and years to build up is perhaps slowing down, and I assure you Karim Al Husseini

Memorabilia - In a room, four suitcases re-enact the four corners of its lone capacity. An observation towards the Palestinian cause, Al Husseini addresses the restrictions granted within those four corners. Unattended, disapproved, he packs his memories in suitcases and files them away. "When I want to go back to a place in my memory, I return to unpacking, repacking and reinforcing, repeating the unabashed moments we choose to either take with us, or leave behind." Karim Al Husseini Karim Al Husseini

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