b. 1952, Beirut, Lebanon; lives and works in London
1979-1981 Slade School of Fine Art, London 1975-1979 Byam Shaw School of Art, London 1970-1972 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.
Hatoum’s contribution for Cure3, continues her interest in material transformation. Chicken wire, a fencing material normally associated with creating barriers and borders, is now used to create an organic matter, a sculpture of a tree which extends up and branches out. At the end of each branch are red glass beads, suggesting buds about to blossom. As with many of Hatoum’s works, a sense of fragility is brought out from a cold fencing material to offer hope which flourishes in the most unlikely of places.