In a major exhibition, Centre Pompidou features the life work of Mona Hatoum, presenting her oevre of multi-disciplinary artwork from 1977 to 2015.
Through a hundred of the artist’s pieces, sculpture, video work and drawings, the exhibit will look at her work through the past four decades in conversation and relation to each other, seeing how in the 1980s her work was performance-based and narrative, then evolved in the 1990s into more object-based works.
The exhibit is curated by Christine van Assche who, in the exhibit statement, includes an interview with Hatoum that sheds context on the exhibit.
“I like to draw people towards a visual and physical approach, so that associations or interpretations suddenly leap out from this first physical contact with the work,” the artist tells Van Assche.
With Middle-Eastern roots, Hatoum has been living between England and Germany for 40 years.
“I find it a pity that people approach my work with the idea of linking it with my origins. This limits their interpretation, and avoids the formal subtleties and comprehensive experience my works can offer,” Hatoum says.
“The conjunction of multiple cultural influences nourishes the psyche with its complexity and richness … I have a hybrid cultural experience, a plural existence, and I think that this is clearly reflected in the diversity of forms and approaches that appear in my work.”
Hatoum's work is included in Centre Pompidou's public collection, and she previously had a solo exhibition there in 1994.
The exhibition opens on 24 June and will run until 28 September
Galerie 1, Centre Pompidou, Paris