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Mona Hatoum, Home, 1999. Installation view Moderna Museet 2020. Photo: Åsa Lundén/Moderna Museet © Mona Hatoum

16.4 2019

Mona Hatoum – Home

Mona Hatoum began her practice in the early 1980s, with performance art using her own body in various contexts as a symbol for physical and mental pain. In one room in the collection you meet the work ”Home” from 1999, where the body is less distinctly tangible. But it is nonetheless present in the form of familiar objects that evoke body memories of what they weigh and feel like. Read the introduction to the artwork here.

The installation ”Home” consists of a table with ordinary kitchen utensils held together by an electric cable where the current rhythmically surges and subsides, turning on and off light bulbs placed inside the objects. The table is cordoned off with steel wire, to keep viewers away from the rigged, potentially lethal situation. One definition of ”home” is an environment where people can be themselves and live up to their full potential. In discussions about this work, the artist has mentioned her own upbringing in a culture where women are held back and relegated to learning to cook, in preparation for marriage.

Home can also refer to a place. Mona Hatoum was born in Lebanon in 1952. Her parents were Palestinian and became exiles in Lebanon. When she went to London to study in 1975, civil war broke out in Lebanon and made it too dangerous for her to return. Mona Hatoum still lives in London but considers herself to be a nomad.

Mona Hatoum, Home, 1999. Installation view Moderna Museet 2020. Photo: Åsa Lundén/Moderna Museet © Mona Hatoum
Mona Hatoum, Home, 1999. Installation view Moderna Museet 2020. Photo: Åsa Lundén/Moderna Museet © Mona Hatoum

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Published 16 April 2019 · Updated 6 March 2020

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