The National Art Museum of Ukraine presents “Squeezed in Infinity,” a solo exhibition by Nadia Kaabi-Linke (b. 1978), on view through September 8. Kaabi-Linke is an internationally known Ukrainian-Tunisian conceptual artist.
The exhibition consists of a series of photographs and a site-specific installation. The photographic series features images in which the geometric space narrows endlessly, symbolizing the damage caused by bureaucracy that the artist has experienced since her mother’s generation. The installation is closely related to the museum’s architecture, which has strong historical implications as the institution opened in 1899 as the first public art museum in Ukraine and as the work was almost completed before the outbreak of war in 2022.
“Squeezed in Infinity” starts from the problem that by sensing the unreachable infinity, the scope of actual behavior gets narrowed. The artist criticizes the narrative of eternity and the end of history as naive, saying that it leads to a worldview that lacks orientation. The exhibition features talks, screenings, and an opportunity to interact with the public and Ukrainian artists. The artist invites the audience to fill the void of infinity with emotions shared within a community. After Kyiv, the project will continue at the Hamburger Bahnhof Museum of Contemporary Art in Berlin.
Edinburgh, Scotland, annually hosts the Edinburgh Art Festival, the largest art festival in the United Kingdom. Launched in 2004 and now in its 19th year, the 2023 Edinburgh Art Festival runs through August 27.
The Edinburgh Art Festival is a citywide celebration of exhibitions, events, and projects. This year’s festival is the biggest yet, with galleries collaborating to bring the city together for parties, performances, and one-off events. International artists, thinkers, writers, and performers deeply connected to feminist and queer practice present 55 projects and exhibitions across 35 venues in the city. Participants celebrate queer history and peace through opera, poetry, sound, video, and music.
As well as established artists, emerging Scottish talent is showcased. Participating artists include Sean Burns, Maria Fusco, Margaret Salmon, Annea Lockwood, Rabiya Choudhry, Alberta Whittle, Bonjour, Haven for Artists, Markéta Luskačová, Array Collective, Jesse Jones, Tarek Lakhrissi, Lindsey Mendick, Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Leonor Antunes, Keg D’Souza, Peter Howson, Andrew Cranston, Adam Lewis Jacob and Grayson Perry.