Mona Hatoum: Turbulence brings to the forefront the diversity of Mona Hatoum’s work over the last 30 years. The choice of the notion of turbulence as a conceptual framework is derived from the thematic and formal dichotomies inherent within the artist’s work. These render it familiar yet perplexing, allowing for an intense aesthetic experience that is both inviting yet impenetrable, or, in other words, turbulent. On an internal level, turbulence echoes the artist’s questioning of self vis-à-vis one’s grappling with issues of alienation and displacement. Externally, it is a reflection of her interrogation of notions of belonging and collective memory. And finally, on a formalistic level, turbulence can be seen as resulting from the artist’s ongoing inquiry into ways of expanding the formal and material qualities of artistic expression.
Publication Date 2014