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The cameras journey through Hatoums glistening internal passages and foaming bodily fluids makes for an extraordinary visceral self-portrait, while the throbbing, roaring soundtrack, created by the movement of spot the camera, compounds the claustrophobic sense of the body as a confining, even imprisoning organism.
Platitudes like spot Theres no place like home, are meant to spot invoke safety and comfort.The feeling of loss and homesickness segues into something altogether more foreboding with.On the one hand it suggests mona that the whole world is a political hot spot caught up in conflict and unrest.The fence forces you to remain at a remove from the unsettling tableau; you are cast as an impartial observer who spot arrived after the performance had finished hatoum and all that's left is the remainder after some unspeakable brutal act.What the critics say, an artist forever pushing herself to do things differently.
I could quibble about the sequencing of the works, which conveys little about how Hatoums work has developed and the cut-and-dried interpretations offered on the information.
Turner Prize -shortlisted work in 1995.
The work of Hatoum investigates the concept of the 'abject' introduced by the cultural theorist, Julia Kristeva.
Even rather bourgeois, everyman pastimes like travelling abroad can suddenly tilt mona and crash when mona political conflict breaks out.
Grater Divide (2002) and, daybed (2008) in the previous room, where simple household furniture and utensils take on the appearance of torture instruments when blown up to the size of beds or standing screens.Tate Moderns exhibition of Mona Hatoum takes that same distant violence of geopolitical conflict that we hear about every day on the news, and brings it manuals home, haynes into the domestic space and onto the body.We forget the names and we neatly tidy the instances under terrorist attack or drone strike in our mental haynes filing systems.For Hatoum, as much as the work portrays the emotional intimacy of the relationship between mother and daughter, it file also speaks of exile, displacement, disorientation and a tremendous sense of loss as a result of the separation caused by war.Bomb Magazine with Janine Antoni, 1998 My favourite way of working is to go and spend time in the place I am exhibiting in and make work locally.A queasy journey through the dark tunnels of Hatoum's body cavity, glistening pink walls surround an abyss extending ahead into the unknowable black.This repeated exploration of a grid motif, be it tiny or vast in scale, further reveals mini the artist's long-standing interest in tension and paradox.That piece, Corpse Etranger, foreign Body an endoscopy of her own innards, is one haynes of the first things you see on entering the exhibition.Mark Hudson finds Mona Hatoum's art making eloquent statements not only about the Middle East, but about what it is to be human in the world today.This element of her work is very important, for however serious the subject she may be investigating - this could be war or gender relations - there is always a balancing aspect that smart humor offers.It was one way of discouraging them from integrating into the Lebanese situation.Sarah Lucas s bawdy evocations of the human body using chairs and bananas, while Hatoums preoccupation with cages brings to mind another formidable woman artist, Louise Bourgeois.Hatoum stands in front of a small audience, approaching different members in turn, brandishing a large handheld camcorder like a sub automatic machine gun.