By far, my favorite pieces at this exhibit were from Karim's "Eternal Love" and "Lost Memory" collections. It's unfortunate that the camera lens cannot possibly capture the beauty of these pieces because I assure you, they were breath taking. Jennifer Doran, Robischon Gallery Owner and Director, was onsite to tell me about the collection. She mentioned that the obscurity of the images were the artist's way of "keeping the subject safe from corruption, persecution, and the constant threat of Saddam Hussain's regime."
Al Karim uses "a myriad of methods - often beginning with layers of latex paint applied directly to his models' faces, then subsequently photographing them through a silk scrim. The dominant color is achieved in a second layer whereby Al Karim paints the back of each film negative either by pouring or by applying pigment by hand."
I don't understand all the technicalities of Al Karim's process but I confess to going back to these piece over and over before leaving the show. And like I said, the camera cannot possibly do them justice!
The gallery is located in Denver.