Mona Hatoum was born into a Palestinian family in Beirut, Lebanon in 1952 and now lives and works in London and Berlin.
She uses a range of media, including installations, sculpture, video, photography and works on paper.Her work is about the body and the issue of identity becoming the center of an art piece in contemporary art today. One of her pieces, Corps Etranger, is a video produced when the artist introduced a camera into the orifices of her own body. “The resulting images, accompanied by the sound of the artist’s own heartbeat, offer an intensely intimate yet alienated self-portrait. Observing herself in this way, the artist, as the title of the work suggests, becomes a stranger to herself.” Lucie- Smith also presents the work of other women artists from the Middle East (Afshan Ketabchi and Ghazal) that deal with identity, culture, personal complexes, and tradition. He explains that oftentimes they are forced to be political activists as well as artists because their circumstances force them to be so.
The Mexican Cage, Mona Hatoum, 2002. The friendly colors of the cage work in contrast with the unfriendly nature of the cage.
Light at the End, Mona Hatoum, 2002. Hatoum demonstrates that color can have multiple and shifting meanings.
glass marbles, Basel