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Culture Now: Nadia Kaabi-Linke

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On the opening day of her first UK solo show, The Future Rewound & The Cabinet of Souls, Nadia Kaabi-Linke discusses her varied practice with the director of Open Eye Gallery, Lorenzo Fusi.

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. Kaabi-Linke and Fusi will speak broadly about the artist’s work and practice which has been described as ‘a kind of documentary sculpture, creating an indexical relationship with the world and people around her’.

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 – Fundação 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 is the Director 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. Fusi was the International Curator at the Liverpool Biennial, for which he curated the 2010 and 2012 renditions. 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). He regularly lectures at UK universities and internationally. He sits in the Board of Directors of LOOK, Liverpool International Photography Festival, and is a Board Member of the Nouveau Musée National de Monaco (NMNM).

This talk is part of Culture Now, a series of lively Friday lunchtime conversations with key figures from the contemporary arts scene held at the ICA.

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