Experimenter, Kolkata, B24
Nadia Kaabi-Linke uses painting, sculpture, installation and printmaking as recorders of time. Her practice relies on a continued use of indexical, time-related retrieving, excavating and mark-making – processes that explore materials and surfaces like a palaentologist or an anthropologist, using time as a medium to reveal after-images of residual information.
Time is subtly expressed in the central work on the stand, A Color of Time. Kaabi-Linke has scraped and preserved paint chips from old wall-surfaces of buildings of historical importance, having stood for centuries across cities like Berlin, Tunis, Kiev, Ahmedabad, Palestine, Kolkata and Tashkent, to create a series of 15 seemingly monochromatic paintings line the walls. Using paint chips collected from wall-surfaces that have been repeatedly painted over, Kaabi-Linke realizes a visible color of time. Salt & Sand, hangs from the ceiling – an old weighing scale holding equal measure of both materials, one of which transforms over time affecting its delicate balance. On the wall opposite is On Canvas (2005), a work that was ‘made’ over a year as a canvas tabletop in the artist’s studio, thereby collecting the traces and remnants of her life through the year.
Nadia Kaabi-Linke (b.1978, Tunis) lives and works in Berlin. Kaabi-Linke has had exhibitions at several leading institutions. Recent exhibitions include "A Storm is Blowing From Paradise", Guggenheim Museum, NY (2016). Select solos have been held at Dallas Contemporary, 2015, Calouste Gulbenkain Foundation, Lisbon, 2014; Mosaic Rooms, London, 2014. Select group exhibitions include Venice Biennale 2011, Liverpool Biennial, 2012, Kochi-Muziris Biennale, 2012 Sharjah Biennial, 2009. Her work is in the collections of M+ Hong Kong; MOMA, NY; Guggenheim NY.