Born in Lebanon, Palestinian artist Mona Hatoum was exiled to London, where she has lived and worked since the mid-1970s. Through performance, video, sculpture, and installation, she creates architectonic spaces that relate to the body, language, and the condition of exile as well as transforming veryday, domestic objects into things foreign, threatening, and dangerous. Often exquisitely beautiful, Hatoum’s works combine states of emotion and longing with the formal simplicity of Minimalism, creating powerful evocations of displacement, denial, and otherness.
A revised and expanded edition of Hatoum’s first monograph, originally published in 1997, one of the most popular in the Contemporary Artists Series. This book will be published on the heels of a retrospective of Hatoum’s work travelling to the Centre Pompidou in Paris, Tate Modern in London, and Kiasma in Helsinki.
Entirely redesigned, this edition is augmented by a new essay by Brooklyn Museum’s chief curator Nancy Spector, and a new selection of writings by the artist.
Authors: Michael Archer, Guy Brett, Catherine de Zegher, Nancy Spector
First published by Phaidon in 1997, reprinted in 2010, revised and expanded edition 2016.
Hardback, 290 x 250 mm, 240 p., 240 color illustrations
About the authors:
Michael Archer is an art critic based in London.
Guy Brett is an art critic, curator, and lecturer.
Catherine de Zegher is director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Ghent, Belgium.
Nancy Spector is chief curator of the Brooklyn Museum in New York.