Mona Hatoum’s “Remains of the Day” at White Cube, Hong Kong

Mona Hatoum’s “Remains of the Day” at White Cube, Hong Kong

Palestinian artist Mona Hatoum’s “Remains of the Day” is on view at White Cube, Hong Kong, through November 17, 2018. The exhibition showcases a selection of large-scale installations, sculptures, and works on paper.

According to the gallery, “Hatoum’s work creates a sense of profound unease through a process of visual and material seduction.” The artist draws upon themes connected in everyday life and the larger situation of our inherently unstable world. “By engaging the viewer in a direct phenomenological experience, industrial materials, and everyday objects are transformed into potent cyphers, charged with emotive and thematic force,” adds the gallery.

For instance, installations such as “Remains of the Day,” “Untitled (display case table) II,” or “Turbulence (black)” carry notions of material transformation and vulnerability.  Whereas sculptures like “Hot Spot (stand)” suggests of a world caught up in violent conflict through the depiction of a metal globe emitting heat and an audible electrical flickering sound.

Lebanese-born Palestinian artist, Hatoum is known for her performances, installations and video-work. She was displaced from her country in the mid-70s, and much of her most recent work has been created at art residencies in a number of different countries. In her work, she focuses on themes related to home, domesticity, violence, confinement and longing.

Her early work mostly comprises solo pieces foregrounding her own body as both subject and object against the background of contemporary politics. She created performances referencing her identity and the political situation in Palestine. She envisioned encounters for her viewers combining the physicality of the body, political commentary, issues of gender and the home, as well as the alienation generated by defamiliarization.  

From the late 1980s onwards, she began to work more with installations and objects. In the 1990s, Hatoum created video installations that embodied the powerful theme of fear and fascination. Throughout the 1990s, Hatoum worked primarily with installations involving household implements and objects symbolic of cultural heritage.

Since the late-80s, Hatoum has also lectured and taught at some very prestigious art schools in Europe and, of late, has been the recipient of a number of awards for her work. She currently divides her time between London and Berlin.


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