Mona Hatoum, Current Disturbance 1996. Wood, wire mesh, light bulbs, computerised dimmer unit, amplifier and four speakers, 255 x 472.5 x 482.5 cm. Capp Street installation: 279 x 550.5 x 504 cm. Installation view at Capp Street Project, San Francisco © Mona Hatoum. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Ben Blackwell
Working across video, performance, sculpture and installation, Mona Hatoum’s expansive practice offers a poetic and political view of a world characterised by conflict and contradictions.
The Whitechapel Gallery’s Art Icon 2018 delivers a lecture reflecting on her unparalleled career.
Mona Hatoum was born into a Palestinian family in Beirut, Lebanon in 1952 and has lived in London since 1975. She has participated in numerous important group exhibitions including 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).
Solo exhibitions include Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (1997), The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York (1997), Castello di Rivoli, Turin (1999), Tate Britain, London (2000), Hamburger Kunsthalle, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Magasin 3, Stockholm (2004) and Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (2005). Recent exhibitions include Measures of Entanglement, UCCA, Beijing (2009), Interior Landscape, Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Venice (2009), Witness, Beirut Art Center, Beirut (2010), Le Grand Monde, Fundaciòn Marcelino Botìn, Santander (2010) and 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 Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha. Recently 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). Currently she is exhibiting at Hiroshima MOCA, having been awarded the 10th Hiroshima Art Prize 2017 and will be exhibiting at the The Menil Collection, Houston from October 2017.
For five years the Whitechapel Gallery has partnered with Swarovski and the Swarovski Foundation to create spectacular events that support the Gallery’s education and community programme.
Launched in 2014, the Art Icon award, supported by Swarovski, celebrates the work of an artist who has made a profound contribution to a particular medium, influencing their own and subsequent generations of artists. It is presented at the Whitechapel Gallery’s annual gala dinner hosted by Iwona Blazwick OBE (former Director, Whitechapel Gallery) and Nadja Swarovski (Member of the Swarovski Executive Board).
Whitechapel Gallery Art Icon 2018 with Swarovski takes place on 29 January 2018, honouring Mona Hatoum and featuring a live auction of works donated by leading contemporary artists. All funds raised contribute to the Gallery’s work with thousands of children and young people.