Mona Hatoum | the artist
The artist Mona Hatoum
Born 1952, Beirut, Lebanon.
Lives and works in London, England, .
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Mona Hatoum’s art invites us to experience anew the cultural intersections that link our identities with the physical and perceptual world surrounding us. Like many artists working today, Hatoum employs a wide variety of media and techniques, but her unique style is characterized by forms and materials that evoke feelings of intimacy and familiarity, while simultaneously suggesting the possibility (whether real or imagined) of physical danger.
about her work
Pom Pom City draws upon local curiosities, folklore and craftsmanship, as well as Mona Hatoum’s interest in exploring cultural displacement and exile. An oversized round rug made with natural wool from artisan weavers, the work was created in Oaxaca, Mexico, and expands a familiar domestic object into enormous proportions. An interlocking grid of fibers at the center refers to the complex street plan of Mexico City, and long strands of wool radiate outward to represent the chaos of urban sprawl and growth. Each strand ends in a pom pom, which evokes souvenir sombreros or other kitschy tourist trinkets…
mona hatoum interview with Janine Antoni
I met Mona Hatoum in December 1994 when we were installing our work, side by side, at the Reina Sophia in Madrid. The exhibition was called Cocido y Crudo, The Raw and the Cooked. Mona was showing Corps Étranger, a video made with a medical camera that had been threaded in and out of her orifices and along her bodys surface. I was showing Slumber, a performance where at night I slept in the museums gallery, and in the day I weaved, from strips of my nightgown, the pattern of my rapid eye movements into an endless blanket…
Hatoum uses color to emphasize the intensity of her experiences and to suggest wider political meanings beyond her personal experiences…