7 February - 18 May 2014
Mona Hatoum's 'Turbulence' is the artist’s largest solo exhibition to date in the Arab world. It consists of more than 70 works ranging from large-scale room installations such as Light Sentence (1992) and Suspended (2011) to smaller works on paper and sculptural objects such as Projection (2006) and Untitled (wheelchair II) (1999). It also includes some of the artist’s kinetic installations such as + and – (1994 – 2004) and Home (1999). Also featured are a number of the artist’s photographs such as Van Gogh’s Back (1995) and Static Portraits (Momo, Devrim, Karl) (2000) as well as documentation of early performances such as Don’t Smile, You’re on Camera (1980) and The Negotiating Table (1983) which highlight the diversity of artistic undertakings that span Hatoum's three-decade career.
Curated by Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath of Art Reoriented, the concept of the exhibition is based around Hatoum's topical work Turbulence (2012), a 4 x 4 meter square composed of thousands of glass marbles laid directly onto the floor. Placed at the centre of the exhibition, the installation lies at the heart of a linear but non-chronological trajectory whereby a number of unexpected juxtapositions echo the complexity through which the artist has managed to challenge and at times disturb, our experience of the ordinary.
The choice of the notion of turbulence as a conceptual framework for the exhibition is derived from the thematic and formal dichotomies inherent within Hatoum's work. It is familiar yet perplexing, which allows for an intense aesthetic experience that is both inviting yet impenetrable, or, in other words, turbulent.
A fully illustrated catalogue will accompany the exhibition.
'Mona Hatoum: Turbulence'
Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art
P.O.Box 2777, Education City
Closed on Mondays
+974 4402 8855/
Mona Hatoum 'Turbulence' (detail) 2012 clear glass marbles 4 x 400 x 400 cm
© Mona Hatoum Photo: Stefan Rohner Courtesy Kunstmuseum St. Gallen