I'm More Interested in Messy, Concrete Reality

Interview Nadia Kaabi-Linke


First published in: On One Side of the Same Water. Artistic Practices between Tirana and Tangier, Hatje Cantz, Ostfildern, 2012.

There are many things happening all over the world. What I criticize is that things are often regionalized when they take place elsewhere than in the West. When it is a matter of Western art, less classification takes place in terms of the artist’s background. But when it is a question of artists from Egypt or Tunisia, they quickly get stuck with the background label. And that means there are certain expectations concerning the artistic work. I am not at all interested in classifications of this kind. (N.K.-L.)

Nadia_Kaabi-Linke, Black is the New White, 2012, lightbox
; photo: Nadia Kaabi-Linke

I’m More Interested in Messy, Concrete Reality