Mona Hatoum is a contemporary artist who was born in 1952 to Palestinian parents in Beirut. Hatoum’s work is informed by notions of violence and separation but goes well beyond the political discourses on the conflicts in the Middle East. The themes of dispossession, displacement and claustrophobia are related to concerns with the role of the body in the formation of identity. Her interests within these topics are displayed through sculpture, installation, performance and video.
In 1997, Hatoum was invited by Iniva to create new works for various sites in and around St. Ives in response to the theme ‘The Quality of Light’. In 2007 Hatoum’s video work was show in an exhibition organised by Iniva and Autograph ABP, entitled ‘London is the Place for Me’. Hatoum has also contributed to Iniva’s programme of experimental film and documentary in 2009, entitled ‘Figures of Speech’.
Her works have been shown both nationally and internationally including at The White Cube, London (2019) and Hong Kong (2018); Riverrun, Istanbul (2018); South London Gallery, London (2017); museum de bildenden künste, Leipzig, Germany (2017); Tate Modern, London (2016); Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas (2015); Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha, Qatar (2014); Centre d’art des Pénitents Noirs, France (2013); Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona (2012); Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin (2012), amongst many others.
She originally studied graphic design at the Beirut College for Women (1970-1972, now Lebanese American University), and went on the pursue fine art at the Byam Shaw School of Art (1975–1979, now Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design), and the Slade School of Fine Art (1979-1981).