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April 27, 2016

Lost and Found With Nadia Kaabi-Linke

Text by Huzan Tata

The Berlin-based artist explores cavities of time and space through her installations

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In one of her creations, artist Nadia Kaabi-Linke lets dust settle on the canvas daily – to show changes with the passage of time. Lost and Found, the Tunis-born artist’s latest show in India, has her explore time, space and activity through surface impressions on her canvases. Working with prints, sculpture and installation, she creates works that make the viewer ponder about life’s constantly changing ways. “The different interpretations from the viewers make the artworks grow. There is never an object carrying a meaning without an interpreter who makes sense out of it,” she says about her series of works. As the press note for the show says, ‘Kaabi-Linke plays the role of an investigator…expressing the temporality of her mediums and unravelling new interpretations in the most unlikeliest of objects that have been lost in time but may have just been found again’.

5 Questions with the artist, Nadia Kaabi-Linke

  1. Artistic Motivations: “Sometimes good weather, and always the joy of bringing very different things together and to see how that makes sense.”
  2. Inspirations: “My inspirations are beyond the art world, they come from what is known as the real world.”
  3. On the wall at home: “Small artworks. I saw a nice piece at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, it is a small ceramic chip, smaller than a stamp, but with works of Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, Oldenburg and others on it. That would be something that would have place in my tiny apartment…”
  4. Concerns that find a place in your art: “That depends on the artworks, and it’s always changing. Only in the retrospective I can see that there is a certain continuity, but this is probably my very own interpretation to simplify my work.”
  5. If you weren’t an artist, you would be… “Mother of three children.”

Lost and Found is on display at Experimenter, Kolkata (2/1 Hindusthan Road) until April 30, 2016

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