Growing up between Tunis, Kiev, and Dubai, and now residing in Berlin, Kaabi-Linke has a personal history of migration across cultures and borders that has greatly influenced her work.
She has rendered visible the bodily traces of people waiting at Berlin bus shelters and subway stations, the scars of domestic violence victims in London, and paint chips scraped from city walls throughout North Africa and Europe. For Flying Carpets (2011), which was shown at the Venice Biennale that year, she mapped the movements of the vendors and their blankets on a single bridge, and recreated the forms in steel, aluminum, and thread, suspending them above the viewer. For her recent installation, Walk the Line (2015), volunteers wrapped two poles with thread the length of the Texas-Mexico border until it formed a dense wall.
Kaabi-Linke has had solo exhibitions at Centro de Arte Moderna José de Azevedo Perdigão,Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Portugal; The Mosaic Rooms, UK; Dallas Contemporary, US; and Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany. She has participated in group exhibitions at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark, and Marta Herford, Museum für Kunst, Design und Architektur, Germany; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, US; Langen Foundation, Germany. She took part in the Sharjah Biennial, UAE; Alexandria Biennial for Mediterranean Countries, Egypt; Venice Biennale, Italy; Liverpool Biennial, UK, and Kochi-Muziris Biennial, Kerala, India, Karachi Biennial and Lahore Biennial, Pakistan. Her work is represented in the collections of the M+ Museum, Hong Kong; JPMorgan Chase Art Collection, US; Dallas Museum of Art, US; Solomon R. Guggenheim, US; Sharjah Art Foundation, UAE; ARTER, Vehbi Koç Foundation, Turkey; Museum of Modern Art, US; Centre Pompidou, France.
Tunis, Tunisia; Kiev, Ukraine; Berlin, Germany