Mona Hatoum

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Edited by: Christoph Heinrich Texts by: Dr. Volker Adolphs, Christoph Heinrich, Richard Julin, Ursula Panhans-Bühler, Dr. Nina Zimmer German April 2004, 144 Pages, 120 Ills. Hardcover 275mm x 223mm
ISBN: 978-3-7757-1443-3

Mona Hatoum has long been regarded in Great Britain and the U.S. as one of the most important artists of her generation. The daughter of Palestinian parents, she was born in Lebanon in 1952 and has lived in London since 1975. Life outside her homeland has heightened Mona Hatoum's sensitivity to the themes of power and identity, which are leitmotivs in her oeuvre. Many of her objects, video pieces, and installations deal with aspects of institutionalized violence and the vulnerability of the individual. Her central point of reference is the body-in many cases her own. This is the first book to document the growth of Mona Hatoum's oeuvre and includes even her most recent projects. All of her works can be read as formulas for human existence-expressed in a penetrating visual language that is both complex and puzzling. As the artist herself points out, "One's first experience of a work of art is physical. I appreciate works that have sensual as well as intellectual impact. Meanings, connotations, and associations begin to emerge only after the initial physical experience, when the imagination, the intellect, and the psyche are ignited by what one has seen." (English Edition ISBN 978-3-7757-1444-0) Exhibition schedule: Hamburger Kunsthalle, March 26 - May 31, 2004 · Kunstmuseum Bonn, June 17 - August 29, 2004 · Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall, October 9 - December 18, 2004