Mona Hatoum

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Year 2020
Medium Acrylic on paper
Dimensions 29.7 x 21 cm

About the work

This drawing is the result of playing around with acrylic paint – mixing indigo and black, black and blue. I was scraping the paint off the paper to create grid lines through a process of removal. The 3-D character of the lines that makes them look like bars was a nice surprise. The grid is a minimalist device I often return to in my work, but it could also be a reference to confinement. Perhaps here it can be read as a double-barred window, or a reference to lockdown blues? Or all of the above.

About the artist:

Born 1952 Beirut, Mona Hatoum lives and works in London. Graduated from Beirut University College, Lebanon (1972); Byam Shaw School of Art, London (1979); and Slade School of Fine Art, London (1981).

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.

Selected solo exhibitions include Remains to be Seen, White Cube, London (2019); Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris (2019); Remains of the Day, White Cube, Hong Kong (2018); Every wall a door, Riverrun, Istanbul (2018); The 10th Hiroshima Art Prize, Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art (2017); Terra Infirma, Menil Collection, Houston and Pulitzer Arts Foundation, St. Louis (2017-2018); Displacements/Entortungen: Ayşe Erkmen & Mona Hatoum, Museum der bildenden Künste, Leipzig (2017); Twelve Windows, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas (2015); and Turbulence, Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha (2014). Selected group exhibitions include Objects of Wonder: British Sculpture 1950 – Present, Palais Populaire, Berlin (2019); Collection of Foundation Louis Vuitton: Selected Works, Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow (2019); When Home Won’t Let You Stay: Migration Through Contemporary Art, ICA Boston (2019); gohyang: home, Seoul Museum of Art (2019); Visions of the Earth / The planned world, Santander Art Gallery, Madrid (2018); MoMA AT NGV: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (2018); The Hepworth Prize for Sculpture 2018, Hepworth Wakefield (2018); and Oppenheim: Works in Conversation from Max Ernst to Mona Hatoum, Museo d’arte della Svizzera Italiana, Lugano (2017).

Awards and residencies include Art Icon Award, Whitechapel Gallery, London (2018); The 10th Hiroshima Art Prize, Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art (2017); Joan Miró Prize, Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona (2011); and CIRVA Centre international de recherche sur le verre et les arts plastiques, Marseille (2011-13).

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