Is It Madness. Is It Beauty, Clare Twomey
DROWNING SORROWS (GRAN CENTENARIO) 2002, GLASS, 14.5 × 300 CM, EDITION 2/3. COURTESY OF THE ARTIST. PRIVATE COLLECTION. http://edgeofarabia.com/artists/mona-hatoum
Mona Hatoum. Present Tense, 1996 , Soap and glass beads , 4.5 x 299 x 241 cm
Mona Hatoum first became widely known in the mid 80s for a series of performance and video works that focused with great intensity on the body. In the '90s her work moved increasingly towards large-scale installations and sculpture. Hatoum has developed a language in which familiar, domestic everyday objects are often transformed into foreign and threatening things. Even the human body is rendered unfamiliar in 'Corps étranger' (1994), a video installation that displays an endoscopic journey through the interior landscape of her own body.
Hatoum was born into a Palestinian family in Beirut in 1952. In 1975 she settled in London after civil war broke out in Lebanon while she was on a short visit to Britain. She has participated in numerous significant exhibitions including the Turner Prize (1995), The Venice Biennale (1995 and 2005), and the Biennale of Sydney (2006). Solo exhibitions include Tate Britain, London (2000) Hamburger Kunsthalle, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Magasin 3, Stockholm (2004), Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (2005), Palazzo Querini Stampalia in the context of the Venice Biennale (2009). As the winner of the 2011 Joan Miró Prize, she held a solo exhibition at Fundació Joan Miró in Barcelona in 2012. In 2013-2014 she was the subject of a solo exhibition at the Kunstmuseum St Gallen and the largest display of her work to be shown in the Arab world was held at Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha in 2014. A survey exhibition of Hatoum’s work was shown at the Centre Pompidou, Paris during the summer of 2015, traveled to Tate Modern, London and Kiasma, Helsinki in 2016.
Judy Chicago, The Dinner Party 1979