Dima Karout is a mixed media visual artist and creative director who is passionate about contemporary art and its potential in allowing ideas to grow, take shape in the material world, and initiate social change. Her artwork reflects on human journeys and investigates the evolution of identity beyond borders, belonging and the metaphor of home, migration, displacement and the relation between people and places -with a focus on the power of art in times of conflicts.
Interested in understanding and challenging the societies we create and inhabit, some of Dima’s participatory art projects explore the dynamic between artist, artwork and spectator and focus on the interactive aspects of art, and how it can positively influence research and learning.
Since 2005 Dima has been creating mixed media artworks, implementing contemporary art projects within institutions, and developing alternative learning programmes as well as curating exhibitions, publications and cultural events in Damascus, Paris, Montreal and London.
In 2020, for a project delivered by Groundwork London in partnership with Counterpoints Arts, Dima designed a set of ESOL plus arts sessions for a new programme that reached 70 English learners and 12 volunteers. Dima delivered these sessions in partnership with Groundwork London’s English Tutors, Caroline Chapman and Tracy Faron who also delivered a series of related ESOL classes drawing out themes from the arts sessions. A collection of art pieces created by the participants during the ESOL plus ARTS sessions is shown below.
Dima was also one of the artists commissioned by Counterpoints in 2020 for the online series Postcards in Isolation: a different form of exile. Dima created two series combining images and text inspired by how her relationship to personal spaces shifted during the early stages of the Covid-19 pandemic. Part of her postcards are shown below:
In a one-year residency at The Migration Museum, she exhibited her work, and designed and curated The Art Studio and the residency programme as part of the Room to Breathe exhibition. She then curated the group exhibition Borderless showing the work of all resident artists.
Dima has also created visual art, theatre, and education projects in collaboration with organisations as The Arab British Centre, Greenwich Theatre, RADA, Play for Progress and The Cotton Tree, and guest lectured at University of Westminster, King’s College University, SOAS, Qatar Leadership Conference.
In March 2021 Dima joined D6 – Culture in Transit as an associate artist and researcher.