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Studio Sunday: Mona Hatoum


An interior photo of the studio of Mona Hatoum

 

Mona Hatoum is an artist who specializes in video and installation art of a performative, questioning nature. Born in Lebanon, Hatoum took a trip to London just before a civil war broke out in Lebanon, and chose to stay in London studying art between 1975 and 1981, rather than returning home to the conflict.  

 

The artist’s studio is a beautiful example of modern architecture, and comes complete with a huge work space, as well as a kitchen and a bathroom suite. Hatoum’s work is mainly installation based and rarely involves drawing or painting, but even so her space appears remarkably clean in the photo. Hatoum most likely uses this studio as a part-time exhibition space, or a place for brainstorming and inspiration. Some of the pieces, such as those that use film or neon lights as a medium, would have to be assembled offsite. This studio contains a couple desks possibly for research or sketching, and what looks like some installation mock-ups or in progress works.

 

I’m really amazed by the kitchen Hatoum has in her studio! Seen in the picture below, it's more than just a microwave and a sink, it’s a beautiful full kitchen of the sort you’d find in a luxury condominium.

 

While her early works were more politically aggressive and focused on performance, she later moved on to art pieces that were heavily influenced by minimalist and conceptual art that she was taught about in school.  Her works today are still political but are more subtle, and often address issues abstractly and through relation to individuals and bodies. 

 


A photo of the kitchen suite in Mona Hatoum's studio
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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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