© Jim Rakete
Mona Hatoum

© Jim Rakete

Mona Hatoum

Born in 1952, in Beyrouth (Lebanon)


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.

Selected Bibliography

Van Assche, Christine. Mona Hatoum : exposition, Paris, Centre Pompidou, du 24 juin au 28 septembre 2015. Paris : Ed. du Centre Pompidou, 2015. 

Michelberger, Larissa ; Goetz, Ingvild ; Schumacher, Rainald... [et al.]. Mona Hatoum : [exhibition, Goetz Collection, Munich, November 21, 2011 – April 5, 2012]. Ostfildern : Hatje Cantz, 2011. 

Bertola, Chiara. Mona Hatoum : interior landscape : [mostra, Venezia Pallazzo Querini Stampalia, 4 giugno-20 settembre 2009]. Milano : Charta, 2009. 

Archer, Michael ; Brett, Guy ; Hatoum, Mona. Mona Hatoum. London : Phaidon, 2001. (Comtemporary artists). 

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