Khan’s current body of work investigates the independent issues of the outcomes of war-on man and on nature, deforestation, and global warming.
His chosen medium, charcoal ,reflects these concerns as it is a by-product of a volatile process in itself, acting as a metaphor for life cycle, and the potential of a human to rise from the ashes and strive for improvement.
In the past couple of years, the world endured several natural and human-inflicted calamities in the form of climate change, the Australian bushfire, the Israel-Palestine war, the Afghanistan war, the current pandemic of Covid-19, Russia-Ukraine war and the list goes on. It feels as if the world will soon come to an end. As Caine states that, ‘Sometimes when you are in a dark place you think you have been buried, but you have been planted.’ Yes, it requires patience and strength and in such times, hope and positivity are the driving forces that keep us moving. This notion can be seen in my work wherein he uses burnt fissure trees (Charcoal) which is quite unusual for human imagination. He believes that a slight change in our perceptions causes manifold changes in our actions. His work symbolizes that Mother Nature has a unique potential to heal in its ways and the same phenomenon applies to human nature. Fissure also acts as a metaphor for the creation’s both nature and human potential to rise from the ashes. Thus, we need to appreciate this process of healing and be optimistic that the world will too recover soon.
Karim A. K was born in Hunza valley on 11th March 1990. Graduated from a prestigious Art institution of Pakistan, National College of Art Lahore in Fine Art (Sculpture) with “Honors” (2010-2015). Taught sculpture at National College of Arts for six years. Participated in a number of Group shows nationally and internationally. Recently won Arjumand Painting Award 2021. Nominated for sovereign Asian Art Prize 2022 from Pakistan and represented Pakistan in Dubai Expo 2022.Lives in Hunza.