Mona Hatoum (Palestinian, born in 1952)
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)
Medium or Technique
Patinated mild steel.
Henry and Lois Foster Gallery (Gallery 158)
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.
2002, sold by Alexander and Bonin Gallery, New York, to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 25, 2002)
Museum purchase with funds donated by the Linde Family Foundation
© Mona Hatoum