SACI Alum Karim Shokair (Spring and Late Spring 2014) decided to come to SACI from Cairo, Egypt, this year to take a break from the work world and pursue his creative dreams with photography. While being encouraged by his instructors and peers, and by the positive feed back Karim was receiving for his work, he decided to jump right in and submit his photographs to several juried selections and group exhibitions, including exhibitions in Seattle, Portland, Vermont and Venice (Italy).
Karim had a photo accepted into Young Hearts at the Darkroom Gallery in Vermont for the theme ‘Love’ from February 6 – March 2, 2014 (photo #25).
Two pieces were accepted into the exhibition Light & Memory at the A/NT Gallery in Seattle, Washington: ‘Tranquility’ and ‘Why No Peace?’ which made the exhibit cover along with an image of the Ukraine Revolution (by another photographer), sold on opening night, and got an honorable mention.
Rope Of Hope at the Darkroom Gallery in Vermont for the theme ‘Juxtapose’ from April 24 – May 18, 2014.
His piece ‘Silhouette Revolution’ at the Shadow and Light exhibition at Black Box Gallery in Portland, Oregon was on exhibit May 1 – 20, 2014.
Karim received a worthy mention with six images displayed in one the top blogs for photography, aCurator, (January 30, 2014).
Karim took atvantage of being in Europe and attended the Magnum Professional Practice training session in Lodz, Poland June 5-6th, 2014, by an accepted application submission.
Three of his images (‘India or Venice’, ‘Walking On Water’, ‘Venice Love’) were selected for the MORPHOS – Sustainable Empires International ArtExpo in Venice from June 5 – July 12, 2014.
Of his recent studies in at SACI and international successes, Karim gives some advice to creative types everywhere:
Follow your heart and do your art, be brave and share it with the world, you never know the world may just appreciate it and allow you to keep pursuing it. Life is short use your time wisely with things that make you tick happily.