personal and political: the first uk survey of mona hatoum's work just opened

The exhibition at the Tate Modern presents around 100 of Palestinian artist Hatoum’s works, which cover her wide-ranging career including performance and video pieces alongside large-scale installations.

by Lula Ososki
06 May 2016, 5:50pm

Lebanese-born Palestinian artist Mona Hatoum is possibly one of the most important yet lesser-known artists of her generation. Her expansive career began in the 80s, using the body to explore ideas of politics and gender through performance and video art, which she later branched out into large-scale installations and sculptures. The exhibition at the Tate Modern opening 4 May is the first UK survey of her work, spanning early performances and video, to sculpture, installation, photography and works on paper.

Hatoum was born in Beriut in 1952 to a Palestinian family, but moved to England in 1975 after war broke out in Lebanon. Her work is both personally and politically charged, often referencing her own background as well as the political situation in Palestine and highlighting ideas of displacement in pieces such as Twelve Windows, comprising twelve pieces of embroidery made by Palestinian women living in refugee camps in Lebanon. Other works such asCorps étranger and Homebound are also on display, exploring ideas of gender and female sexuality.

Mona Hatoum is at the Tate Modern, running until 21 August.


Text Lula Ososki
Photography Stefan Rohner

Tate Modern
Mona Hatoum