Mona Hatoum, Light Sentence 1992. Centre Pompidou, Musée National d’Art Moderne.
Photo: Philippe Migeat © Mona Hatoum
Tate Modern presents the first UK retrospective of the work of Mona Hatoum well known for her large-scale installations and sculptures which challenge the formal languages of minimalism and surrealism to expose a world characterised by conflicts and contradictions.
Drawing on her huge career, this exhibition reflects 35 years of poetic and radical thinking expressed through a diverse range of media, from early performances and video, to sculpture, installation, photography and works on paper.
She began her career in the 1980s with performance and video works in which the body gave expression to a divided reality, besieged by political and social control.
In the video Roadworks 1985, she documents a performance where she walked barefoot through the streets of Brixton with a pair of Doc Marten boots tied to her ankles. Hatoum’s work highlights the condition of displacement, shared by many in the modern era.
THE BODY HAS ALWAYS BEEN CENTRAL TO HATOUM’S WORK AND SHE IS KNOWN FOR REFERENCING ITS VULNERABILITY AND RESILIENCE.
Performance Still 1985/1995. Tate. Presented by Tate Patrons 2012. Photo Edward Woodman, Courtesy White Cube © Mona Hatoum