Mona Hatoum:One of the most powerful artists of her generation gets the British show she deserves at The Tate Modern.

Mona Hatoum, a featured artist on our Traces project,has created video, performance and installation art that speaks of dislocation and conflict,internal and political struggles over the past years.But this complexity is what makes her work so personal and, strangely, accessible.Here is why:

  1. Born in Lebanon, the Palestinian artist found her beginnings as a video artist and has gone on to work in other media including sculpture and installation, subverting seemingly innocuous and certainly familiar objects and redefining them through subtle changes.
  2. From now until August, you can visit the first survey of Hatoum's catalogue of 35 years of work at the Tate Modern; from radical performance and video to large-scale installations and sculpture. Expect playful reinterpretation of everyday objects, provoking thought on contradictions and conflict. The Guardian-amongst others-celebrates this long-awaited show, attesting; "Currents surge, wires spool and buzz, and the political and personal fuse in this major survey of an artist forever pushing herself to do things differently."
  3. The Palestinian-American scholar Edward Said said of Hatoum, ‘No one has put the Palestinian experience in visual terms so austerely and yet so playfully.’ See below as Hatoum opens her Berlin studio to the public via video and discusses the contrapuntal play often found in her art. As she asserts herself: "People often expect tidy definitions of otherness,as if identity is something fixed and easily definable."
  4. Static worlds and those in flux speak to and contrast with each other, drawing you into thoughtful and often charged installations. Hatoum channels these themes sometimes even in the choice of media she uses : In 'Present Tense', maps of the Oslo agreement partitioning Israel and Palestine drawn onto blocks of soap, echoing the transience of borders represented. Cleverness and play temper an issue-driven content."With the installation work, I wanted to implicate the viewer in a phenomenological situation where the experience is more physical and direct...the associations and search for meaning come after that."
  5. Be sure to catch this incredible retrospective show and enjoy the incredible spectrum of this talented powerhouse of an artist. Of particular interest: Artist's Talk: Mona Hatoum
    Tuesday 10 May 2016, 18.30 – 20.00, Tate Modern.
  6. See here for our profile of Mona Hatoum on our Traces Project.