Produced in the student architecture laboratory in Tokyo, Nadim Karam’s first painting of a series was driven by the concern to represent his country and culture to the Japanese.

Based on his research of the port of Sidon, the murex and coins found in the lands that were later called Lebanon, Fenikia is an epic in evocation of the Phoenicians. The painting on paper depicts two murexes in dark red, surrounded by golden silhouettes of the Phoenician offering statuettes. The top center of the painting is an old Orientalist etching of the port of Sidon. The murex on the right transforms into a Phoenician boat that carries a golden chariot.