A short story of salt and sun
Bio of the artist
Nadia Kaabi-Linke (b. 1978 in Tunis, Tunisia).
Lives and works in Berlin, Germany.
Nadia Kaabi-Linke has often payed an interest in bodies of builidings and their shifting nuances. How graffiti or injuries becomes new historical layers. In the work Impunities, the same precise methods for mapping are used, but this time it is the scars or bruises of people that are put into light. Kaabi-Linke uses forensic methods and here the imprints have been etched into glass. They portray domestic violence and how this phenomenon cuts through categories as class, ethnicity or geography. The inflicted violence is often hidden by a layer of clothes or make up. To mirror behaviours in society Kaabi-Linke allow the observer to either take in each detail, or to just pass by these subtle signs. We may choose to see the patters as impunities and exceptions or as a profound structure in society.
Education: PhD Sorbonne University Paris, France, 2008; Fine Arts Tunis, Tunisia, 1999.
Institutional solo exhibitions: National Art Museum of Ukraine, Kyiv, 2021; Darat al Funun – The Khalid Shoman Foundation, Amman 2020; Izolatsia, Kyiv, 2019; Sealed Time, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany, 2017; Dallas Contemporary, TX, USA, 2015; The Mosaic Rooms, London, and Centro de arte moderno – Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, 2014; Crime Scene, Christian Hosp Galerie, Berlin, Germany, 2010.
Group exhibitions: Walking Through Walls, Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin, 2019; Speaking Power to (Post) Truth, Jane Lombard Gallery, New York, 2019; Lahore Biennial, Pakistan, 2018; Karachi Biennial, Pakistan, 2017; Zacheta — National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Poland, 2016; Guggenheim Museum, New York, 2016; Kalmar Museum, Kalmar, Sweden, 2016; What is Home? Pump House Gallery, London, 2015; ISA Gallery, Mumbai, India, 2015; All the World’s a Mosque", Bardo Museum, Carthage, Tunisia; The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, USA, 2013; Liverpool Biennial 2012; Sharjah Biennial, 2009.
Awards: Discoveries Prize Art Basel, Hong Kong, 2014; Abraaj Capital Art Prize, 2011; First Prize of Umbaustadt Art and Urban Architecture Competition, Berlin, 2010; Prize of the Jury at the 25th Alexandria Biennal, Egypt.