Nadia Kaabi-Linke was born in 1978 in Tunis to a Ukrainian mother and Tunisian father. 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. She held her first major solo show, Tatort at Galerie Christian Hosp, Berlin in 2010. She has participated in several international group exhibitions that include Drawn from Life, Green Cardamom (2009 – 10) and Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendall, UK (2011); Split, Darb 1718 Contemporary, Cairo (2010); Aftermath, 25th Alexandria Biennale (2009); 9th Sharjah Biennial (2009); Art Connexions: Arab Contemporary Artists (2008) and Archives des banalities tunisoises (2009) both held at Galerie El Marsa, Tunis (the second was a solo show).
In 2009 Nadia was awarded the Jury Prize by the Alexandria Biennale. In 2011, she was the recipient of the Abraaj Capital Art Prize and was part of two group shows: The Future of Promise (Edge of Arabia, Venice Biennale, Italy) and Based in Berlin (Kunst-Werke-Berlin, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin).