Mona Hatoum was born into a Palestinian family in Beirut and has lived and worked in London since 1975. Her sculpture, video, drawings, and installations have been widely exhibited throughout the world. In her work, Hatoum has been consistently passionate about the body and its mechanics. Her seminal 1994 piece, Le Corps Etranger, is a video installation consisting of images collected by cameras inserted into the various orifices of her own body. This work earned her a nomination for the prestigious Turner Prize the following year.
Hatoum recalls that she first viewed images of Western art in the back of her dictionary as a child. Although she drew incessantly, her father forbade her from studying art and encouraged her decision to study graphic design instead. After a number of years in an advertising career, Hatoum finally chose to pursue her dream of studying art in London in the 1970s. Since then, she has doggedly produced the poignant video, performance, and sculptural projects that have established her place in contemporary art.