Born in 1952 in Beirut, Lebanon, Hatoum lives and works in London, England. She studied at the Beirut University College, the Byam Shaw School of Art and The Slade School of Art in London. Since the early 1980s, Hatoum has exhibited extensively, including solo exhibitions and performances at Franklin Furnace, New York; Western Front Art Centre, Vancouver, Canada; The Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol, England; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France; The Fabric Workshop, Philadelphia, PA; Capp Street Project, San Francisco, CA; De Appel, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; White Cube, London, England; and Alexander & Bonin, New York, where she is represented. In 1997 a major solo exhibition was held at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and The New Museum for Contemporary Art in New York. She has been included in a number of major international exhibitions: Sense and Sensibility, The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Cocido y Crudo, Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid; the 1994 Havana Biennale, Cuba; the 1995 Venice Biennale, Italy; ARS 95, Helsinki, Finland; as well as the Turner Prize exhibition at the Tate Gallery, London, England.
Mona Hatoum’s work is both deeply personal and quietly political, investigating her individual and cultural relationships with contemporary social injustices. Grounded in feminism and with a sensitive global approach, she has employed minimalist tools to present formal and social concerns, examining issues of subjectivity, emotional space and the human body. Using metaphor and poetry, found material and fabricated objects, her evocative works offer viewers their own experience as they read and contemplate her enigmatic expressions. Her work has taken many forms, ranging from performance and video to sculpture and installation.