Mona Hatoum


Installation, photography, sculpture, video

Mona Hatoum

Past: June 24 → September 28, 2015

Galerie 1, level 6

The strentgh of her work comes from the sense of disorientation it induces in viewers. She leaves them to navigate through an unstable universe, a world driven by contradictions and unfolding in different time frames, characterised by tensions. Mona Hatoum often places viewers at the heart of the work, engaging them in dialogue, sometimes putting them to the test.

Born in Beirut in 1952 to Palestinian parents, Mona Hatoum was on a short visit to London when the Lebanese civil war broke out, in 1975. Unable to return, she attended art school in London. British by nationality, she is less associated with the Lebanese art scene than that of an international group of artists who have experienced exile, uprooting, estrangement from their familial context or confrontation with a hostile geopolitical situation.

The Centre Pompidou has shown great commitment to the work of Mona Hatoum by organizing her very first solo museum exhibition, some twenty years ago. The Centre Pompidou has also commissioned and purchased works that have since been exhibited in the museum, notably in the context of the “Elles@centrepompidou” exhibition.

Today, in the largest exhibition Gallery of the Centre Pompidou, curator Christine Van Assche sets the performance and video works of the 1980s — which had a lasting impact on the history of Performance Art, into dialogue with the sculptures, works on paper, installations, photographic works and altered objects produced between 1977 and 2015.

The most recent of Mona Hatoum’s works is a spectacular installation created specifically for the exhibition at the Centre Pompidou: “Map (clear)”. The exhibition is punctuated throughout by works depicting geographical maps, giving the artist’s different perspective on the world today, from the map of Palestine : — “Present Tense”, to world maps such as — “Hot Spot”, “Projection”, “Map (clear)”, and flight routes maps — “Routes”. These works present an unstable world of shifting borders and precarious boundaries.

Mona Hatoum is a renown figure on today’s international art scene, and some of her work have become iconis in the context of global and committed art, among them : “Roadworks” , “Measures of Distance”, “Over my Dead Body”, “Light Sentence”, “Socle du Monde”, “Corps étranger”, “Present Tense”, “Home”, “Hot Spot”, “Impenetrable” and “Undercurrent (red)”.

The exhibition will travel to Tate Modern, London, where it will be shown from 4 May to 21 August 2016, and to Kiasma, Helsinki,from October 2016 to 26 February 2017.

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Place Georges Pompidou

75004 Paris

T. 01 44 78 12 33 — F. 01 44 78 16 73

Hôtel de Ville

Opening hours

Every day except Tuesday, 11 AM – 9 PM
Late night on until 11 PM

Admission fee

Full rate €16.00 — Concessions €14.00

Gratuit pour les moins de 18 ans, billet exonéré pour les moins de 26 ans. Et pour tout le monde, les premiers dimanches du mois.

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