Palestinian-born Mona Hatoum moved to London in 1975 where she studied, before moving again, to Berlin. Her videos and performances tackle subjects such as exile, displacement and violence, echoing the conflicts in the Middle East.
She belongs to a group of artists who, from the early 1980s, drew on their particular position of being a woman from an Eastern culture, tapping into a wider experience and touching on issues of alienation and constraint in the social body. Initially comprising performances that involved her own body, her work has, since the late 1980s, offered a particularly physical approach to art, from veiled threats to extreme fragility, using different materials: everyday objects, hair, body fluids, paper, blown glass, mesh, medical images and electricity. She also questions the realities of the body and a socio-political vision of the world.