Born in Brussels in 1970, Karim Alaoui’s first contact with photography dates from his school days where one of his teacher, an amateur photographer himself, passes on his love for the medium to his pupil, who will take it a notch or two further. Upon finishing school, Karim pursues his interest in photography and goes to study at the INRACI (Brussels' school of photography) where he specializes in portraits and photo documentaries. Both allow him to combine his two main passions, travelling and photography.
Aside from photography, Karim has been working as a psychiatric nurse in a day hospital for more than 30 years. He is also a Shiatsu Yoseido practitioner.
His artistic work and eye is heavily impacted by his day job. He uses photography as a medium, as a tool in order to discover the world and develop new perceptions.
Karim's latest initiative is the opening of his own creative photo lab, L'Achromate, where he ensures the transmission of his photographic knowledge through classes, conversations and exhibitions.
‘The Prime Number’ Galerie Achromatic, Bruxelles 1998
Portraits / Côte Est et Ouest des Etats Unis d’Amérique
‘Light in Movement’ Glacières de St Gilles, Bruxelles 1999
Travail sur les Arts de la scène, théâtre et cirque
‘Arbres - Seuls les arbres meurent debout’ Espace Œcuménique, Bruxelles 2010
‘Série 16’ La Vitrine (Ou)Verte, Bruxelles 2011
‘Hutong - Les Jardiniers de l’Invisible. 01’Schwarzekatzeweisserkater Galerie, Berlin 2011
‘Hutong - Les Jardiniers de l’Invisible . 02’ Parcours d’artistes de St Gilles / Ispano Belga, Bruxelles 2012
‘Arbres - Seuls les Arbres meurent debout – Étude autour du paysage intérieur’ n°1’ Pok 2015
Prousting it ...
1. What is your greatest fear? To no longer see life as a daily miracle
2. What is your current state of mind? “Everything is possible”
3. What is your favourite occupation? Taking portraits randomly on the streets
4. What historical figure do you most identify with? Lucretius
5. Which living person do you most admire? Sebastian Salgado
6. Who is your favourite fictional hero? Jack from "The Fisher King”
7. Who are you real-life heroes? Oberom
8. What is your most treasured possession? My thirty years of photographic films (my living memories)
9. When and where were you happiest? When I feel free of the laws of time and space
10. What is your most obvious characteristic? Passionate
11. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? My analytical mind
12. What is the trait you most deplore in others? The “I’d rather not know” attitude
13. What is your greatest extravagance? Playing in Raymond Devos’ “The Direction of the Ridiculous” skit wearing an extremely ridiculous outfit
14. What is your favourite journey? The discovery of the Jain culture in Rajasthan: blending in with the faithful, following the service in a centuries-old temple to the sound of gigantic bells, and losing all sense of rationality
15. What do you most dislike about your appearance? The skin on my face, marked by scars.
16. What do you consider the most over-rated virtue? Efficiency
17. On what occasion do you lie? To create another reality
18. Which words or phrases do you most over-use? “Everything is possible”
19. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? Perfectionism
20. What do you consider your greatest achievement? Introducing the Japanese Do-In technique in clinics
21. Where would you like to live? In nature, near a traditional village
22. What is the quality you most admire in a man? Empathy
23. What is the quality you most admire in a woman? Empathy
24. What is it you most dislike? The race for profits
25. What do you value most in your friends? Honesty, humor, authenticity
26. How would you like to die? In communion with nature, being fully aware
27. If you were to die and come back as a person or an animal, what do you think it would be? A bird, a Taoist monk
28. If you could choose an object to come back as, what would you choose? A book which is yet to be written
29. What is your motto, the words you live by or that mean a lot to you? Allowing myself to do better next time
30. Who has been the greatest influence on you? Mr. Bosquet, my French teacher in secondary school