Cappello per due V, 2013
  • © Fondation Louis Vuitton / Martin

    Argyroglo © Mona Hatoum

Mona Hatoum’s work often echoes dramatic experiences that have taken place during her life.

Cappello per due V (Hat for Two V) (2013), on the other hand, appears to represent the memory of a moment of quiet happiness. Two straw hats, their rims woven together, sit on a bench. More complex than it seems, the work suggests a questioning of our relationship with others and how we live together, as individuals and as peoples."Cappello per due evokes the themes of intimacy but also ambiguity and forced coexistence. Two hats, the brims of which are woven together to form a single piece, become a metaphor for our existential condition that is both reassuring and suffocating at the same time,” explains the artist.