b. 1952, Beirut, Lebanon; lives and works in London

1979-81 Slade School of Fine Art, London

1975-79 Byam Shaw School of Art, London

1970-72 Beirut University College, Beirut 

Mona Hatoum’s poetic and political work reflects on subjects that arise from our current global condition, including systems of confinement, the architecture of surveillance, barriers and borders and themes of mobility, displacement and conflict. Known for working with sculpture and installation, Hatoum explores and opens up space for contradictions and paradoxes present in her chosen materials. Often working with harsh, industrial materials, Hatoum adds a soft edge, or precariousness, to them by interweaving a minimalist language with themes of everyday life and the unforgiving realities of our unstable world.