Grater Divide

2002
Mona Hatoum (Palestinian, born in 1952)


Dimensions

Overall (overall open - in S shape with 90 degrees angles): 203.2 x 193 x 83.8 cm (80 x 76 x 33 in.) Overall (overall closed/folded): 203.2 x 88.9 x 20.3 cm (80 x 35 x 8 in.) Weight: 170 lb. (77.11 kg)

Accession Number

2002.320

Medium or Technique

Patinated mild steel.

On View

Henry and Lois Foster Gallery (Gallery 158)

Collections

Asia, Contemporary Art

Classifications

Sculpture

Change something’s scale and you might change its essence. Hatoum was an exile from Lebanon during its bloody, 15-year civil war. This experience gave her a distinct perspective on what happens when the familiar changes or disappears. Here, just by making it bigger, she transforms a kitchen utensil into something sinister—a screen for hiding and dividing.

Provenance

2002, sold by Alexander and Bonin Gallery, New York, to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 25, 2002)

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by the Linde Family Foundation

Copyright

© Mona Hatoum