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Mona Hatoum

British-Palestinian, b. 1952

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Mona Hatoum

British-Palestinian, b. 1952

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Mona Hatoum’s works explore themes of home and displacement through the perspective of the Palestinian exile, using common domestic objects that often, on closer inspection, reveal menacing qualities. Hatoum’s collection of sculptures and installations incorporates motifs of containment and violence, from steel cages and sandbag walls to barbed wire and grenades. Mobile Home (2005), an installation arranged between two steel barriers, features nondescript pieces of furniture and household items framed above and below by a pulley system. Complete with clothespins, the wires are strung between the tops of the barriers and along the floor and traverse the space, carrying such unexpected objects as a toy and a tiny birdcage. The result is an evocation of home that is both comforting and untenable, suggesting transience and vulnerability.

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Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
Auction
High auction record
$471k, Christie's, 2011
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Solo show at a major institution
Centre Pompidou, and 7 more
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Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 20 more
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Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 1 more
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Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 9 more
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Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale International Exhibition, and 7 more
Biography

Mona Hatoum’s works explore themes of home and displacement through the perspective of the Palestinian exile, using common domestic objects that often, on closer inspection, reveal menacing qualities. Hatoum’s collection of sculptures and installations incorporates motifs of containment and violence, from steel cages and sandbag walls to barbed wire and grenades. Mobile Home (2005), an installation arranged between two steel barriers, features nondescript pieces of furniture and household items framed above and below by a pulley system. Complete with clothespins, the wires are strung between the tops of the barriers and along the floor and traverse the space, carrying such unexpected objects as a toy and a tiny birdcage. The result is an evocation of home that is both comforting and untenable, suggesting transience and vulnerability.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
Auction
High auction record
$471k, Christie's, 2011
User
Solo show at a major institution
Centre Pompidou, and 7 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 20 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 9 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale International Exhibition, and 7 more
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Aug 19th, 2015
Fearless Artist Mona Hatoum Conquers the Pompidou with Four Decades of Work
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