On the occasion of the Sharjah Biennial 15, Mona Hatoum presents the works Fossil Folly (2023), Untitled (pressure) (2023) and the installation Quarters (2017).
The installation Fossil Folly was conceived specifically for the SB15 exhibition and produced in Sharjah’s industrial zone. It consists of fifteen old and beaten oil barrels that seem to have plant shapes emerging out of their surface. The plants in the shape of agave, aloe vera, thistle and various succulents are cut-out from the steel sides and tops of the barrels. It is a poetic and surreal gesture that imagines plants resurfacing like ghosts out of their dormant fossilised state.