St. Louis, MO
The work of London and Berlin-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. She powerfully creates a sense of precariousness through a remarkable variety of materials that are as beautiful as they are dangerous. The fragility of blown glass, strands of hair, woven thread, and delicate beads are often juxtaposed with the menacing severity of steel plates, barbed wire, and knife blades.
The artist's first major solo exhibition in the United States in twenty years, this show unites a group of major sculptures and installations from American and European collections.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website.