Born into a Palestinian family, Mona Hatoum (born 1952 in Beirut, LB) is a multimedia artist currently living and working in London and Berlin. While her artistic oeuvre varies from works on paper to installation, Hatoum started out in the 80s doing performance and video art, concentrating primarily on the human body. Since the early 90s she has shifted her focus to large-scale installations, aimed at confronting the viewer with… Read more
About the artwork
"I wanted to create works that privilege the formal and visual aspect of art making and try to articulate the political through the aesthetics of the work", explains Hatoum. She first became widely known in the mid-1980s for a series of performances and videos which focused with great intensity on the body. Since the 90s, her work has moved increasingly towards large-scale installations which aim to engage the viewer in conflicted emotions of desire and revulsion, fear and fascination. In Red Jesus (Venice) 2003, the artist was intrigued by the close neighborhood of enemy ideologies found in an idyllic everyday street scene in Venice.