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On the 9th of March Experimenter opened a solo exhibition showcasing the work of Berlin based artist, Nadia Kaabi-Linke. Lost and Found features five previously unseen and recent works, as well as a site-specific installation. This is her second show at the gallery and it will be on view until April 30, 2016.
The art of Nadia Kaabi-Linke is not bound by any specific medium. She uses several installations, objects and pictorial works intertwined with socio-psychological topics of perception and memory in social, cultural and political contexts. Lost and Found marks a shift in Kaabi-Linke’s practice where she moves from the act of print-making to the act of an indexical, time-related mark-making activity and explores cavities of time and space that reveal themselves through a tactile recording of surface impressions.
Among her ongoing site-specific works that will continue through the duration of the exhibition is Laissez le temps au temps, (Kolkata 2016). The artwork will be completed by letting dust settle on the canvas and being fixed every day throughout the course of the exhibition, which literally adds meaning to its translation “Let time take its own course”.
Salt and Sand, 2016 is a time-specific installation which carefully balances salt and sand on each side of a weighing scale. This installation speaks about the omnipotence of time in our lives as the salt evaporates through the course of the exhibition and a nuanced reflection of what is ephemeral and what is not.
Color of Time is a series of monochrome paintings, which visualizes the textures and wall paints, creating unique pigments by scraping paint chips from wall surfaces all over the world, including Kolkata, which have been painted and re-painted time and again.
Here’s how the artist explains her work Spick and Span in February, 2016 in a conversation with BongRong –
“I wanted the paper to be visible in this work. So I immersed the paper in glue and water and then this is what happened. I was observing how the paper reacts. And then I filled the gaps in the pattern formed on the canvas with graphite. The story here is the paper itself. He was the one telling the story and I was the one following. He was telling how he wants to dance, where he wants to go and I just listened.”
Rialto, is a transfer print of a famous bridge in Venice connecting two floating cities for over four hundred years. Using the medium of ink, wax and print, the artist resurfaces the emotions, history and impact of time intertwined with the bridge.
The artist tells us how old wall surfaces and textures have always fascinated her. She has previously worked with forensic studies on people’s skin.
Nadia Kaabi-Linke (b.1978) lives and works in Berlin, Germany. The recipient of a Ph.D. from the Sorbonne University in Paris in 2008, Kaabi-Linke has had exhibitions at institutions such as the Dallas Contemporary, Dallas; Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Center for Contemporary Art, Warsaw, Poland; Center of Modern Art, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon; Nam June Paik Art Center, Gyeongg-do, South Korea; the HKW and KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin. Her work is in the collections of the M+ Museum in Hong Kong; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; and the Burger Collection, Hong Kong, among others. She participated in the 54th Venice Biennale in 2011, the Liverpool Biennial in 2012, and the 9th Sharjah Biennial in 2009. She was awarded the Discoveries prize from Art Basel Hong Kong in 2014, and the Abraaj Capital Art Prize in 2011. Her first monograph is a field book, Matter Matters, which released in March 2016.
Experimenter in Kolkata (2/1, Hindustan Road) will be welcoming curious enthusiasts of the city with open arms till the 30th of April. Do drop in!
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