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Nadia Kaabi-Linke

ARTFORMS

objects, installations, interventions

MATERIALS / MEDIA

local building materials

GUIDING INTEREST

In her artistic research Nadia Kaabi-Linke gages with socio-cultural and sociopolitical conditions and their repercussions on humans. Her artwork addresses the trialogue of the world of matter, the sphere of knowledge and the socio-psychological constellations of perception, memory, and identity. Being onsite, she collects physical traces and remnants, analyzed, sorts, and transforms her findings into context-conditioned interventions.

QUOTES

“My work is very much about seeing everyday life and the things that surround us in a different way, encouraging us to question what we take for granted.”
Guggenheim UBS MAP: Teaching Materials: A Storm is Blowing from Paradise (2016): Nadia Kaabi-Linke.

“The comment point of my work is the idea of layering, meaning history. I always try to understand the now through the past. In general, my work has a strong link through migration and question of immigration because it tells the story of my life.”
youtube.com: Nadia Kaabi–Linke Guggenheim UBS MAP

“My Dad is Tunisian, my mother is Ukrainian, already from that, we had to travel. My children have three cultures and languages, it is a mess … My work is not related to a certain tradition; it is not related to a certain culture … my works adapt to the places where I find myself.”
Art Dubai: Nadia Kaabi-Linke. Youtube.com. 18 February 2020. >> 21 September 2020.

“For the work Color of Time (2017) I visit and research the history of buildings, some of them abandoned places, others converted into new purposes. In any case, whether it is the engraving on a wall in public space or the paint chipping off from walls inside old buildings, my work always starts by touching the matter. It always starts with a touch and a material that triggers historical research and the smaller histories of people and places. This is also the idea behind the book Matter Matters (2015). Everything starts for me with the contact of a surface and a certain material out of which follow stories, narratives and meanings. Maybe this is what connects the real world with semiotics and the imprint with the index.”
Rebecca Close: “Sealed Time”: Nadia Kaabi-Linke … – Interview. On: Art Radar Magazine. 15 January 2018. >> 28 September 2020


UAVT English: Endless State of Bad Renovation in Focus at New Ukrainian Exhibition. On: youtube.com. 25 November 2019. >> 28 September 2020.

EXHIBITIONS Selection

2020 | Kolkata.in | EXPERIMENTER
2020 | Amman.jd | DARAT AL FUNUN
2020 | Paris.fr | CENTRE POMPIDOU
2019 | Kyiv.ukr | IZONE
2019 | Berlin.de | MARTIN-GROPIUS-BAU
2018 | Lahore.pk | LAHORE BIENNIAL
2017 | Bonn.de | KUNSTMUSEUM
2015 | Dallas/TX.us | DALLAS CONTEMPORARY
2011 | New York City.us | Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
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FORMATION

2008 | Paris.fr | Sorbonne, PhD
1999 | Tunis.tn | Tunis Institute of Fine Arts, Diplom

BIO

Lives in Berlin.de
Growing up between Tunis.tn, Dubai.ae, and Kyiv.ukr
1978 | Born in Tunisia.

LINKS

Artists’ Website
URL https://nadiakaabilinke.myportfolio.com/

Wikiwand.com: Nadia Kaabi-Linke
URL https://www.wikiwand.com/en/Nadia_Kaabi-Linke

Ifthikar Dadi: Nadia Kaabi-Linke on „Flying Carpets“. On. Vimeo.com. 2012
URL https://vimeo.com/44627311 >> 28 September 2020.

VIDEO


Gropius Bau Berlin: Walking Through Walls. 5 December 2019.

AUTHOR

Bettina Pelz

FEATURED IMAGE

Nadia Kaabi-Linke: Flying Carpets. In: GUGGENHEIM: But A Storm Is Blowing From Paradise. NYC 2016.