Mona Hatoum

Bunker (angle bldg I)

“A primo impatto, voglio che il lavoro abbia una forte presenza formale, attivando una reazione psicologica ed emotiva attraverso l’esperienza fisica. Generalmente voglio creare una situazione dove la realtà diventa punto di discussione”.

Dono dell’artista e di White Cube. Tubi di acciaio dolce, 2011, cm 190 × 82 x 90. © Mona Hatoum.
Courtesy Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlino (Photo: def image).

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Nata a Beirut, Libano, nel 1952, vive e lavora a Londra.

Mona Hatoum nasce da una famiglia palestinese a Beirut nel 1952. Durante una visita a Londra nel 1975, scoppia la guerra civile in Libano, che le impedisce il rientro in patria. L’artista completa gli studi artistici a Londra presso la Byam Shaw School of Art e la Slade School of Art. Con le prime performance l’artista esplora temi quali il genere, la razza, e la relazione tra politica e individuo, mentre dai primi anni Novanta le opere che Hatoum realizza sono soprattutto installazioni e sculture utilizzando diversi tipi di materiali. In particolare l’uso di forme geometriche e griglie fa riferimento ai sistemi utilizzati per esercitare controllo all’interno della società moderna. Nel 2011 le viene assegnato il prestigioso Joan Miró Prize dalla Fondazione Joan Miró a Barcellona e nel 2017 il 10° Hiroshima Art Prize. Nel 2019 ha ricevuto il prestigioso Praemium Imperiale a Tokyo.

Mona Hatoum

Bunker (angle bldg I)

“I want the work in the first instance to have a strong formal presence, and through the physical experience to activate a psychological and emotional response. In a very general sense I want to create a situation where reality itself becomes a questionable point.” Donated by the artist and White Cube. Mild steel tubes, 2011, 82 x 190 x 90 cm. © Mona Hatoum. Courtesy Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin (Photo: def image).

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Born in 1952 in Beirut, Lebanon. Currently she lives and works in London.

Mona Hatoum was born to a Palestinian family in Beirut in 1952. During a visit to London in 1975, the outbreak of the Lebanese Civil War prevented her to return to her homeland. The artist completed her studies in London at the Byam Shaw School of Art and the Slade School of Art. With her first performances, she addressed themes such as gender, race, and the relationship between politics and the individual, while since the early 1990s she has mainly produced installations and sculptures with different types of materials. In particular, the presence of geometric shapes and grids in her work refers to the systems used to exercise control within modern society. In 2011 she was awarded the prestigious Joan Miró Prize by the Joan Miró Foundation in Barcelona and, in 2017, the 10th Hiroshima Art Prize. In 2019 she was awarded the prestigious Praemium Imperiale in Tokyo.