Bio of the artist
Mona Hatoum (Beirut-Lebanon, 1952).
She was born into a Palestinian family in Beirut and now lives and works in London and Berlin. She studies at the Byam Shaw School of Art and at the Slade School of Art in London. Her work centres around themes of violence and voyeurism, the human body and notions of beauty and horror.
She has participated in numerous important group exhibitions including The Turner Prize (1995), Venice Biennale (1995 and 2005), Documenta XI, Kassel, 2002 and Biennale of Sydney (2006). Solo exhibitions include Centre Pompidou, Paris (1994), Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (1997), The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York (1998), 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). In 2011 Mona Hatoum was awarded the prestigious Joan Miró Prize.
Hatoum has also held teaching positions in London, Cardiff and L'Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris.