Mona Hatoum creates a challenging vision of our world, exposing its contradictions and complexities. Hot Spot is a steel cage-like neon globe which buzzes with an intense, mesmerising yet seemingly dangerous energy. Elsewhere electricity crackles through household objects, making the familiar uncanny.
This is the first major survey of Hatoum’s work in the UK, covering 35 years from her early radical performances and video pieces, to sculptures and large-scale installations.
Born in Beirut in 1952 to a Palestinian family, Mona Hatoum settled in England in 1975 after war broke out in Lebanon. She is represented in major collections around the world, has shown at the Venice Biennale in 1995 and 2005, was nominated for the Turner Prize in 1995, received the Joan Miró Prize in 2011 and will be awarded the Hiroshima Art Prize in 2017.
Through the juxtaposition of opposites such as beauty and horror, Hatoum engages us in conflicting emotions of desire and revulsion, fear and fascination.
Immerse yourself in the work of one of the most important artists working today.
“One of the most important and powerful artists of her generation finally gets the big British show she deserves”
–The Sunday Time
May 4–August 21, 2016
Artist’s talk: Mona Hatoum: May 10, 6:30–8pm
Mona Hatoum: Piercing the Object—Inventing the Self: June 1, 6:30–8:30pm, speakers include Layal Ftouni and Adania Shibli in a panel discussion
Curator’s tour: June 27, 6:30–8:30pm, led by Clarrie Wallis, Curator of Modern and Contemporary British Art
London SE1 9TG
Image: Mona Hatoum. Impenetrable 2009 © Mona Hatoum Photo Florian Kleinefenn Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris