Tunisian artist Nadia Kaabi-Linke discusses her work with curator Lorenzo Fusi, ahead of her first UK solo show, The Future Rewound & The Cabinet of Souls at The Mosaic Rooms, London.
Kaabi-Linke's work relates to the way geography and politics inform the identity of both the individual and collective society. Her mixed-media installations question invisible mechanisms of control and moments of unseen violence. Made specifically for London, her recent works address the structures of power that thread colonialism together with and capitalism.
Nadia Kaabi-Linke was born in 1978 in Tunis. She studied at the University of Fine Arts, Tunis (1999) before receiving a PhD from the Sorbonne, Paris (2008). Recent solo exhibitions include In confinement my desolate mind desires, Art Basel Hong Kong (2014); Stranded, CAM - Fundaçà £o Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon (2014); No One Harms Me, Experimenter Contemporary Art, Kolkata (2013); Black is the New White, Dubai, Lawrie Shabibi Gallery (2012); and Tatort/Crime Scene, Christian Hosp Gallery, Berlin (2010). She has participated in group exhibitions at The Museum of Modern Art, New York (2013); Nam June Paik Art Center, Seoul, Korea (2013); the Liverpool Biennial (2012); Herbert F Johnson Museum, Ithaca, NY (2012); 54th Venice Biennial (2011); and 9th Sharjah Biennial (2009).
Lorenzo Fusi (b. 1968) is the Director of Open Eye Gallery, one of the oldest not-for-profit photography galleries in the UK, and the new Artistic Director of PIAC (International Contemporary Art Prize) organised by the Foundation Prince Pierre de Monaco. Prior to this time, Fusi was the International Curator at the Liverpool Biennial, for which he curated the 2010 and 2012 renditions, titled Touched and The Unexpected Guest. Between 2001 and 2009 he was the Chief Curator at Palazzo delle Papesse Contemporary Art Centre, to then became the Contemporary Art Curator of the Santa Maria della Scala museum hub in Siena (Italy). Over the years, Fusi has commissioned almost 200 new works to artists from around the world at different stages in their career, curated or co-curated over 50 exhibitions (between solo presentations, group shows and retrospectives), and written and edited numerous publications.