Mona Hatoum: Piercing the object - Inventing the self

Mona Hatoum creates a challenging vision of our world. Her sculptures and installations subvert the formal language of minimalism, introducing traumatic and political themes that expose the contradictions and complexities of today.

Art Talk previously on at Tate Modern in City of London, United Kingdom.
From Wednesday 01 June 2016 to Wednesday 01 June 2016

Mona Hatoum: Piercing the object - Inventing the self image

Published by anonymous on Wednesday 20 April 2016.
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Displacement, uncertainty and the effects of power structures are addressed through the use of familiar objects and materials transformed into foreign or uncanny things.

Throughout her career Hatoum has aimed to engage the viewer, soliciting interpretation and eliciting emotional and physical responses.This panel discussion brings together three speakers, each focusing on one work of their choice, to reflect on Hatoum’s sophisticated manipulation of materials and their metaphorical potential.

Speakers include academic and researcher Layal Ftouni and author Adania Shibli.


Layal Ftouni (born 1982) is a senior teaching fellow at SOAS, University of London and doctoral candidate at the University of Westminster (CREAM). Ftouni is a co-founder of Arab Cultural Studies Group and is currently working on a book with Tarik Sabry titled; Arab Subcultures: Transformations in Theory and Practice (I.B. Tauris 2016).

Adania Shibli (born 1974) has written novels, plays, short stories and narrative essays. She has been awarded the Young Writer’s Award-Palestine, by the A.M. Qattan Foundation in 2001 and in 2003. In addition to writing fiction, Shibli is a visiting professor at Birzeit University, Palestine.
Tate Talks is supported by The J Isaacs Charitable Trust.