Born in 1952 into a Palestinian family in Beirut, Lebanon, she has lived in London since 1975, where she studied at the Byam Shaw School of Art, and the Slade School of Fine Art, between 1975 and 1981. Mona Hatoum’s oeuvre spans across different media, including installation, sculpture, video, photography and works on paper. In Hot Spot (2006) and Map (2015) Hatoum employs cartography to explore instability and precariousness in today’s political landscape. Her work has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions, including, during the past decade, UCCA, Beijing (2009), Beirut Art Center (2010), Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona(2012), Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha (2013-14), The Museum of fine Arts, Leipzig (2017), The Menil Collection, Houston and the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, St. Louis (2018). She was awarded the Joan Miró Prize in 2011. A major touring exhibition bringing together over 100 works from the late 1970s to the present, was on display at the Centre Pompidou, Paris (2015),Tate Modern, London (2016) and KIASMA, Helsinki (2016–17). Her work has been presented in many prominent exhibitions such as The Turner Prize (1995), Venice Biennale (1995 and 2005), Documenta, Kassel (2002 and 2017), Biennale of Sydney (2006), the Istanbul Biennial (1995 and 2011) and The Fifth Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art (2013). Last year Hatoum exhibited at Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, having been awarded the 10th Hiroshima Art Prize 2017. Hatoum has been nominated for The Hepworth Sculpture Prize and will participate in an exhibition at The Hepworth Wakefield in October 2018.
Photo by Gaby Laurent. Image courtesy of the artist.