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Nadia Kaabi-Linke, Spic and Span in February, 2016, silk paper and graphite on canvas, 79 1/2 × 74".

Nadia Kaabi-Linke

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Nadia Kaabi-Linke, Spic and Span in February, 2016, silk paper and graphite on canvas, 79 1/2 × 74".

Nadia Kaabi-Linke’s art is a record of her wanderings. She has taken wax and ink prints from the walls of a coastal railway terminal, a suburban schoolyard, and the Ministry of Tourism in Tunisia; from an old mausoleum and an elevated train line in Berlin; and, most recently, from the Rialto Bridge in Venice. Another work involved stray paint chips collected in cities ranging from Bizerte to Cologne to Marseille. It might seem surprising for an artist as cosmopolitan as Kaabi-Linke—who is half-Tunisian, half-Russian; speaks six languages; and has lived much of her life in Dubai and Berlin—to focus so intently on the textures of place. Yet her scrutiny of familiar urban sites yields secret histories and uncanny metaphors that many locals might miss.

Her recent exhibition “Lost and Found” demonstrated these abilities to great effect. The show featured six new works from “

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