Mona Hatoum was born into a Palestinian family in Beirut, Lebanon in 1952 and has lived in London since 1975. Hatoum’s poetic and political oeuvre is realised in a diverse and often unconventional range of media, including installation, sculpture, video, photography and works on paper.
She has participated in numerous important group exhibitions including the Turner Prize (1995), Venice Biennale (1995 and 2005), Documenta, Kassel (2002 and 2017), Biennale of Sydney (2006), Istanbul Biennial (1995 and 2011) and Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art (2013). As winner of the 2011 Joan Miró Prize, Hatoum held a solo exhibition at Fundació Joan Miró in Barcelona in 2012. She also exhibited at Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, having been awarded the 10th Hiroshima Art Prize in 2017. In 2019, Hatoum was the recipient of the Praemium Imperiale in recognition of her lifetime achievement in sculpture. Hatoum is also the recipient of the 2020 Julio González Prize, Institut Valencià d’Art Modern (IVAM), where a solo exhibition of her work will be held in the same year.
Solo exhibitions include Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (1997), which toured to New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York (1997), Modern Art Oxford (1998) and the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh (1998); Castello di Rivoli, Turin, Italy (1999); Tate Britain, London (2000); Hamburger Kunsthalle, which toured to Kunstmuseum Bonn and Magasin III, Stockholm (2004); Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney (2005); Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Venice, Italy (2009); Beirut Art Center (2010); Kunstmuseum St Gallen, Switzerland (2013) and Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha (2014). A major touring exhibition with over a hundred works from the late 1970s to the present were on display at the Centre Pompidou, Paris (2015), Tate Modern, London and KIASMA, Helsinki (2016). Recent solo exhibitions include The Menil Collection, Houston, Texas (2017) which toured to the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, St Louis, Missouri (2018).