The 10th Hiroshima Art Prize Commemorative Exhibition
To live as a woman, and to live outside of the country of one’s origin…an exhibition by an artist who has been facing such difficulties will be held in Hiroshima: Mona Hatoum’s solo exhibition commemorating her winning of the 10th Hiroshima Art Prize.
Mona Hatoum was born in 1952 to Palestinian parents in Beirut, Lebanon. While she was visiting England in 1975, Lebanese Civil War broke out, resulting in Hatoum not to be able to return to her country. In Lebanon, and in England as well, Palestinians were always considered aliens. Mona Hatoum has been presenting performances, videos, sculptures and installations using her being as the doubly-displaced person as the main motives.
Prison cages and red color that resembles blood frequently appear in her work. The globe made of cage-like metal bars on which the continents are drawn with red neon lights make us think of the conflicts happening on the borders as well as people crossing over them; large partition and bed that look like graters express the fragility of everyday life; the light bulbs flickering at the end of red cables reveal the feelings of people hidden from the surface of societies.
Mona Hatoum visited Hiroshima for the first time in 2015 when she was selected as the recipient of Hiroshima Art Prize. A new work made from the experience of visiting Hiroshima will also be presented for the first time. Look and realize how she, living under the complicated situation, perceive and express the scars of history.
(Text: Naoko Aono)
The 10th Hiroshima Art Prize Commemorative Exhibition:
Dates: July 29th (Sat) – October 15th (Sun), 2017
Venue: The Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art 1-1 Hijiyama Koen, Minami-ku, Hiroshima, Hiroshima
Hours: 10:00-17:00 Closed on Mondays (Open if it’s a national holiday/closed the following Tuesday)
Admission: 1,030 yen
Inquiry: tel. 082-264-1121
（front）Undercurrent (red), 2008
Exhibition view at Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
Photo Florian Kleinefenn
Courtesy Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris
（right, back）Paravent, 2008
Exhibition view at Kunstmuseum St Gallen
Photo Stefan Rohner
Courtesy Kunstmuseum St Gallen