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Mona Hatoum: Terra Infirma

The artist Mona Hatoum standing in her exhibition Terra Infirma.

The work of London-based artist Mona Hatoum (b. 1952) addresses the growing unease of an ever-expanding world, one that is as technologically networked as it is politically fractured by war and exile. Since the 1980’s Hatoum has investigated place, the body, and a minimalist language of form through her sculptures, performances, and installations. Her work explores how shifting geographic borders and institutional structures limit, if not violently define, how we comfortably find a home in the world.

The artist’s first major solo exhibition in the United States in twenty years, Mona Hatoum: Terra Infirma unites a group of major sculptures and installations from American and European collections. Organized by Curator Michelle White, this exhibition focuses on Hatoum’s investigation of the uncanny as embraced by the Surrealists at the beginning of the 20th century. The Menil’s Surrealist collection, with its well-known holdings of work by René Magritte, serve as an important backdrop to the exhibition.

In this video Hatoum discusses highlights in the exhibition, as well as her experience working with the staff and spaces at the Menil Collection.

For more on the exhibition, click here.

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Oct 13, 2017 – Feb 25, 2018
Main Building
Mona Hatoum: Terra Infirma