Mona Hatoum’s poetic and political oeuvre is realised in a diverse and often unconventional range of media, including installation, sculpture, video, photography and works on paper.
Hatoum first became widely known in the mid 1980s for a series of performance and video works that focused with great intensity on the body. In the 1990s her work moved increasingly towards large-scale installations and sculptures that aim to engage the viewer in conflicting emotions of desire and revulsion, fear and fascination. Hatoum has developed a language in which familiar, domestic everyday objects are often transformed into foreign, threatening and dangerous things. Even the human body is rendered unfamiliar in Corps étranger (1994), a video installation that displays an endoscopic journey through the interior landscape of her own body. Homebound (2000) is an assemblage of household furniture wired up with an audibly active electric current that combines a sense of threat with a surrealist sense of humour. In Hot Spot (2006) and Map (clear) (2015) Hatoum uses cartography to explore instability and precariousness in today’s political landscape.
Mona Hatoum was born into a Palestinian family in Beirut, Lebanon in 1952 and has lived and worked in London since 1975. Solo exhibitions include Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Japan; Menil Collection, Houston, TX (both 2017), touring to Pulitzer Arts Foundation, St Louis, MO (2018); Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2015) touring to Tate Modern, London and Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki (both 2016); Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha (2014); Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, Switzerland (2013); Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona (2012); Beirut Art Centre (2010); Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Venice; Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing (both 2009); Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (2005); Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, touring to Magasin III, Stockholm and Kunstmuseum, Bonn, Germany (all 2004); Tate Britain, London (2000); Castello di Rivoli, Turin (1999); Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, touring to New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York (both 1997).
Hatoum has participated in numerous group exhibitions including Documenta 14, Kassel, Germany and Athens (both 2017); 6th Marrakesh Biennale (2016); 5th Moscow Biennale; Guggenheim Bilbao, Spain (both 2011); 15th Biennale of Sydney (2006); 51st Venice Biennale (2005); Documenta 11, Kassel (2002); The Turner Prize, Tate Britain, London; 46th Venice Biennale; and 4th Istanbul Biennial (all 1995).
Among other awards, Hatoum has received the 10th Hiroshima Art Prize (2017) and the Joan Miró Prize (2011). She has been nominated for The Hepworth Sculpture Prize and will participate in an exhibition at The Hepworth Wakefield, West Yorkshire in October 2018.