Mona Hatoum is an internationally renowned Lebanese-born, British-based Palestinian artist whose work is both deeply personal and quietly political. Inspired by her familial connections to war-torn Beirut as well as her sensitivity to contemporary racial and gender-based injustice, she transgresses the boundaries of performance, video, and sculpture while strategically reworking minimalism from a vantage point grounded in a feminist and cross-cultural sensibility.
About the Author
Guy Brett was the art critic for The Times from 1964 to 1975. His books include Kinetic Art (1968), Through Our Own Eyes: Popular Art and Modern History (1986) and Transcontintental: Nine Latin American Artists (1990).
Michael Archer is an art critic and lecturer. He is a regular contributor to Art Monthly, Untitled and Artforum, is the author of Art Since 1960 (1997) and the co-author of Installation Art (1994).
He is a Tutor in art history at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, University of Oxford, and a Visiting Research Fellow at Chelsea College of Art and Design.
Catherine de Zegher is a curator and director of the Kanaal Art Foundation Centre for Contemporary Art.
'This valuable retrospective demonstrates the sense of alienation her work intends to create, and reinforces her artistic statements with essays from cultural commentators, including brilliant fellow-Palestinian Edward Said.' (Big Issue) 'Uncomfortable, compelling and often unexpectedly beautiful.' (World of Interiors) 'The boldest, best executed, and most far-reaching publishing project devoted to contemporary art. These books will revolutionize the way contemporary art is presented and written about.' (Artforum) 'The combination of intelligent analysis, personal insight, useful facts and plentiful pictures is a superb format invaluable for specialists but also interesting for casual readers, it makes these books a must for the library of anyone who cares about contemporary art.' (Time Out) 'A unique series of informative monographs on individual artists.' (The Sunday Times) 'Gives the reader the impression of a personal encounter with the artists. Apart from the writing which is lucid and illuminating, it is undoubtedly the wealth of lavish illustrations which makes looking at these books a satisfying entertainment.' (The Art Book)
Michael Archer interviews the artist who describes the chronology of her practice; Guy Brett explores the key themes that emerge from the artist's work; Catherine de Zegher makes a complex and provocative analysis of "Recollection" a work she commissioned; Mona Hatoum has chosen a text by the influential Palestinian author Edward Said and a statement from the noted Italian post-war sculptor and performance artist, Piero Manzoni; the artist's writing section contains scripts from performances, two interviews with the artist and proposals for projects.
Series: Contemporary Artists Series
For Grades: 8+
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 28th August 1997
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 29.0 x 25.0
Weight (kg): 1.02
Edition Number: 1