Mona Hatoum 2017 © Nash Baker

Winner of the 4th Art Award: Mona Hatoum

Born in 1952 in Beirut to Palestinian parents, Mona Hatoum studied art at the Byam Shaw School of Art in London and then at the Slade School of Fine Art. She has taught in Maastricht, Paris and London. Today she lives and works in London and Berlin.

Hatoum's art situates people in global affairs and examines the physical and psychological effects of social and political structures on the individual. Thus, the artist is particularly concerned with the themes of home and displacement and is often in their statements between extremes on the way. The creation of opposing emotions such as attraction and disgust, fear and fascination at the sight of her works runs through her entire oeuvre - from early performances to current installations and sculptures. Hatoum's art always remains poetic and minimalistic. The political aspect is often only visible at second glance, but the statement is all the more sustainable.

With international attention, Mona Hatoum exhibited her work in major institutions such as the Tate Modern London, the Centre Pompidou Paris or at the Venice Biennale. Her works are represented in numerous international collections.

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Exhibitions and Prizes since the Awarding in 2018

Solo Shows

Remains of the Day, White Cube, Hong Kong, 6 September - 17 November 2018


Selected Group Shows

Tomorrow is the Question, ARoS Aarhus Kustmuseum, Denmark, 6 April - 4 August 2019

Times of Upheaval, Valencia Institute of Modern Art (IVAM), 13 February 2019 - 19 April 2020

Minimalism: Space. Light. Object, The National Gallery of Singapore and ArtScience Museum, 16 November 2018 - 14 April 2019

Revolution Generations, MATHAF: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha, 17 October 2018 - 16 February 2019

Persona Grata, MAC/VAL Musée d´art contemporain du Val-de-Marne, Vitry-sur-Seine, 16 October 2018 - 24 February 2019

Catastrophe and Reconstruction, Mori Art Museum, Japan, 6 October 2018 - 20 January 2019

Open works, Fundació Catalunya, La Pedrera, Barcelona, 28 September 2018 - 27 January 2019

Soundlines of Contemporary Art, National Gallery of Armenia, 25 September 2018 - 25 October 2018

Generations Part 2: Female Artists in Dialogue - Sammlung Goetz im Haus der Kunst, Munich, 29 Juni 2018 - 10 März 2019



Awarded the Julio González 2020 Prize by IVAM

The Hepworth Prize for Sculpture 2018, The Hepworth Wakefield