born 1978 in Tunis, Tunisia
based in Berlin, Germany

Nadia Kaabi-Linke is a Russian-Tunisian artist born in 1978 in Tunis. She studied at the University of Fine Arts in Tunis (1999) before receiving a PhD from the Sorbonne University in Paris (2008). Her installations, objects and pictorial works are embedded in urban contexts, intertwined with memory and geographically and politically constructed identities.

Solo Exhibitions


[UPCOMING] Versiegelte Zeit / Sealed Time, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany

The Residue of the Aftermath, Experimenter Contemporary Art, Frieze New York


Lost and Found, Experimenter, Kolkata, India


"Walk the Line", Dallas Contemporary, Dallas, TX

Fahrenheit 311: Seven Legends of Machismo, Lawrie Shabibi Gallery, Dubai, UAE

No Frills, Cristina Guerra Contemporary Art, Lisbon, Portugal


The Future Rewound & The Cabinet of Souls, The Mosaic Rooms, London, UK

In Confinement My Desolate Mind Desires, Experimenter, Art|Basel Hong Kong

Meinstein, inauguration of a permanent public artwork in Berlin, Germany

Stranded – Preso por fios, solo exhibition curated by Isabel Carlos at CAM — Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon, Portugal


No one harms me…, Experimenter Contemporary Art, Kolkata, India


Black is the New White, Lawrie Shabibi Gallery, Dubai, UAE


Tatort / Crime Scene, Christian Hosp Gallery, Berlin, Germany (solo exhibition)


Archives des banalités tunisoises, Gallery El Marsa, Tunis, Tunisia (solo exhibition)

Group Exhibitions


[UPCOMING] Witness, Karachi Biennial, Pakistan

Movimenta Biennial 2017, Nice, France


Granice vidljivosti / Borders of visibility, 25th Slavonian Bienale, Museum of Fine Arts, Osijek, Croatia

Social Calligraphies, Zachȩta Gallery, Warsaw, Poland

Line and Body: The Minimal Impulse in South Asia and the Middle East, Aicon Gallery, NY, USA

But a Storm is Blowing from Paradise: Contemporary Art of the Middle East and North Africa, curated by Sara Raza. UBS MAP Global Art Initiative, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NY

But Still Tomorrow Builds into My Face, curated by Nat Muller. Lawrie Shabibi Gallery, Dubai, UAE

Magic and Power — Of Magic Carpets and Drones, curated by Anne Schloen and Ute Wilaert. Marta Herford Museum, Herford, Germany


Unsichtbare Manöver — Interpretationsreservate und Definitionsreviere, Galerie Wedding, Berlin, Germany   // 24/07/15 — 29/08/15

Wir sind alle Berliner: 1884-2014, Savvy Contemporary, Berlin, Germany

Entre nosotros / Between Us. Video art from the Middle East and North Africa in a global world, Etopia Center for Art and Technology, Zaragoza, Spain. Curated by Sabrina Amrani


Memory, Place, Desire: Contemporary Art of the Maghreb and the Maghrebi Diaspora, Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery, Haverford College, Haverford, PA, USA

Sculpture du sud, Villa Datris, l'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, France    

Ici l'Afrique / Here Africa, curated by Adelina von Fürstenberg, Château de Penthes, Geneva, Switzerland

Arab Contemporary, Lousiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark

Conjunction, Greenhouse, Berlin, Germany


Lieux de Mémoire, Summarria Lunn Gallery, London, UK

Women Commentators, Center for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland

25 Years of Arab Creativity, Bahrain National Museum, Manama, Bahrain

Abstract Generation: Now in Print, The Museum of Modern Art, NY, USA

Dysraphic City, Node | Center for Curatorial Studies Berlin, Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, Berlin, Germany

Nouvelles Vagues — Looking for video, Claudine Papillon Galerie, Paris, France

Traces, Lawrie Shabibi Gallery, Dubai, UAE

Visual Arts Festival Damascus, DEPO, Istanbul, Turkey

Tireless Refrain, Nam June Paik Art Center, Gyeonggi-do, Korea

Conflicted Memory, Alan Christea Gallery, London, UK


Drifting, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany

Kochi – Muziris Biennale 2012, Kerala, India

25 ans de créativité arabe, Institut du monde arabe, Paris, France

2011111111111s, LEAP – Lab for Electronic Arts and Performance, Berlin, Germany

The Unexpected Guest, Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool, UK

Chkoun Ahna, Carthage Contemporary, National Museum of Carthage, Tunisia

Languages of Revolution, Kleine Humboldt Galerie, Berlin, Germany

Social States: Baptiste Coelho and Nadia Kaabi-Linke, Pump House Gallery, London, UK

Lines of Control, Herbert F Johnson Museum, Ithaca, New York, USA


El arte contemporáneo en el Magreb: dos orillas, Círculo de Bellas Artes, Madrid, Spain

Based in Berlin, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany

The Future of a Promise, collateral event at the 54th Venice Biennial, Venice, Italy

Abraaj Capital Art Prize, Art Dubai 2011, Dubai, UAE

Different Abstractions, Green Cardamom, London

Drawn from Life, Abbot Hall Art Gallery Cumbria, UK


Meinstein, a public art project in collaboration with el:ch landscape architects, Berlin, Germany

One Year in Berlin, Christian Hosp Gallery, Berlin, Germany

Split, Darb 1718 Contemporary, Cairo, Egypt


Aftermath, 25th Alexandria Biennial, Alexandria, Egypt (awarded the price of the jury)

Drawn from life — Drawing Form, Green Cardamom, London, UK

Africaines, 2nd Pan-African Culture Festival, Algiers, Algeria

Provisions for the Future, 9th Sharjah Biennial, Sharjah, UAE


Urban Traces, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, Berlin, Germany

Without Borders: Hispano / Maghreb Artistic Convergences, 30th Biennial of Pontevedra, Pontevedra, Spain

Art Connexions: Arab Contemporary Artists, El Marsa Gallery, Tunis, Tunisia

Artist Talks (Selection)


From Faces: Kaabi-Linke, Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, Croatia


NO screening: Nadia Kaabi-Linke and Timo Kaabi-Linke in conversation with Nat Muller, Iniva, London, UK

Nadia Kaabi-Linke in conversation with Falko Schmieder and Timo Kaabi-Linke, Goethe Institute, London, UK

Culture Now: Nadia Kaabi-Linke in conversation with Lorenzo Fusi, ICA, London, UK

Stranded – Preso por fios, CAM Gulbenkian, Lisbon, Portugal


Spectral Encounters, with Timo Kaabi-Linke, Dortmunder U – Centre for Art and Creativity, Dortmund, Germany

Jahresring 59 Release, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany

Artist Talk with Eric Mangion, Villa Arson, Nice, France

Black is the New White, with Sara Raza, LawrieShabibi Gallery, Dubai, UAE

Artist Talk with Arsalan Mohammad, Soho House Berlin, Germany


Nadia Kaabi-Linke and Baptiste Coelho with Hammad Nasar, National Portrait Gallery, London, UK

Artist Talk at Fondazione Horcynus with Martina Corgnati, Messina, Italy

Artist Talk with Hammad Nasar, Green Cardamom, London, UK

ACAP Winners Artist Talk with Sharmini Pereira, Art Dubai, UAE

Awards, Fundings, Grants

"In confinement my desolate mind desires", Discoveries Prize, Art|Basel Hong Kong 2014

Resident artist at the Villa Arson in 2012, Nice, France

Resident artist at Delfina Foundation in 2011, London, UK

Abraaj Capital Art Prize 2011

First prize of UmbauStadt art and urban architecture competition in 2010

Prize of the Jury at the 25th Alexandria Biennial 2009, Alexandria, Egypt

Funding from Centro Culturale Teresa Orsola Bussa de Rossi, 2008

Five year scholarship from the Ministry of Education, Tunisia, 2000-2005

Collections (Selection)

Abraaj Group Art Collection, Dubai, UAE

Arter, Vehbi Koç Foundation, Istanbul, Turkey

Barjeel Art Foundation, UAE

Burger Collection, Hong Kong

Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX

Fondation Villa Datris pour la sculpture contemporaine, L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, France

Guggenheim R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY

Kamel Lazaar Foundation, Tunis, Tunisia

M+ Museum for Visual Culture, West Kowloon, Hong Kong

Ministry of Culture and Heritage of Tunisia

Prints and Illustrated Books, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

Samdani Art Foundation, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah, UAE

Permanent Commission

Meinstein 2011-13, a memorial for people from Neukoelln and from people of Neukoelln. An interactive public art project with applied code art and architecture about memory and the notions of home and origin. In collaboration with el:ch landscape architects and commissioned by the borough of Neukoelln, Berlin, Germany

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