His art allows viewers a rare peek into his world.
Karim’s family discovered that his talent for drawing helps him communicate feelings to others.
Titled “Through the Eye of Autism,” the exhibition reveals his attempts to bridging the gap between his perceptions and ours.
“Art has been for Karim the intermediary between his world and our world,” said Sara El Wazzan, his sister, who is also an AUC graduate.
“Through his painting, my family and I finally understood the way Karim sees the world.”
Autism is a disease that affects the brain’s development, severely affecting the communication skills of the sufferer. Symptoms and their intensity vary and there is no standard known cure.
Sara El Wazzan explained that Karim’s talent was first discovered when he drew a picture, after returning from school crying, of a woman hitting a boy and went to his mother saying “Mamma school NO … school NO!”
“His family scheduled appointments with a professional art tutor to teach him how to paint and draw,” said Tuline El Chourbagui, a close family friend.
Karim has his own way of choosing colours and composition in paintings. Many of his paintings, such as staircase and the locked treasure box demonstrate his desire to interact with and explore the outside world.
May Azzab, another close family friend, told The Caravan that Karim felt a sense of pride after the success of his gallery. This gallery is Karim El Wazzan’s second; he had previously exhibited his work at AUC, but this is the first time his paintings are for sale.