Grater Divide

2002
Mona Hatoum (Palestinian, born in Beirut 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

Out on Loan

On display at Pulitzer Arts Foundation, St Louis, MO, April 6, 2018 – August 11, 2018

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