Mona Hatoum - Galerie Max Hetzler

Galerie Max Hetzler is pleased to present an exhibition of recent and new work by Mona Hatoum at the temporary space in OsramHöfe, Oudenarder Straße 16-20, Berlin-Wedding. 

Mona Hatoum's work often uses a variety of materials (steel, crystal, wool, electric cable, light bulbs, barbed wire) and a range of media (sculpture, installation, photography, drawing and works on paper). 
In this exhibition the artist revisits some of the themes that have become emblematic of her practice in the last decade, namely work that draws on the everyday using recognizable objects that have been transformed into unfamiliar and disquieting sculptures. Paravent, 2008 is based on a fold-out cheese grater scaled up to the size of a room divider or screen giving it surreal and architectural dimensions. Similarly, Daybed, 2008 is based on a grater with curved ends enlarged to the size of a bed that promises discomfort and pain. 
A traditional oriental carpet, Afghan (red and black), 2008 looks as if in a state of disintegration as large patches of the weave appear to have been moth-eaten or somehow worn-out. On second glance one can see that the apparently random patches come together to form a recessed world map seen from above. A second floor-piece, Undercurrent (red), 2008 is a square mat made of red, cloth-covered, woven electrical cable. Out of the central square, a long fringe snakes across the floor, each strand ending in a 15-watt light bulb that silently brightens and dims at a slow “breathing” pace hinting at a malevolent presence underfoot.
Electricity is also used in Home, 1999 to create an atmosphere of threat. Behind a wire fence various stainless steel kitchen utensils scattered on a table come to life intermittently glowing with light and buzzing with an audible electrical current that runs through all the objects. Notions of threat are similarly referred to in a recent sculpture entitled Nature morte aux grenades, 2006-2007, a collection of colourful crystal blown into the shape of hand grenades are displayed on a steel and rubber trolley setting up a contradiction between the seductiveness of the material and a subtext of danger. 
Globe, 2007 is a steel gridded structure that tilts at the same angle as the earth. Made of heavy steel bars it looks like a round cage about to roll. Finally, Hatoum, who has used barbed wire in some of her early performance works of the 80s, is working again with this unwieldy material to create a minimal sculpture and kinetic installation.

Accompanying the exhibition will be a fully illustrated catalogue with a text by Kirsty Bell.

This will be Mona Hatoum’s second solo exhibition at Galerie Max Hetzler since she started working with the gallery in 2006. The artist was born into a Palestinian family in Beirut in 1952 and since 1975 has lived and worked in London. Hatoum's work has been widely exhibited in solo exhibitions in Europe, the United States, Canada and Australia. Her exhibition 'The Entire World as a Foreign Land' was the inaugural exhibition for the launch of Tate Britain, London in 2000. In 2004 the largest and most comprehensive survey of her work, including new site-specific pieces, was initiated by the Hamburger Kunsthalle and travelled to Kunstmuseum Bonn, Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall and the Sydney Museum of Contemporary Art (2005). She has also participated in the 1995 Venice Biennale, the 1995 Istanbul Biennial, Documenta XI in 2002, the 2005 Venice Biennial, the 15th Biennale of Sydney in 2006 and the 3rd Auckland Triennial in 2007. The XIII BIENNALE DONNA currently taking place at the Palazzo Massari PAC in Ferrara is devoted entirely to a solo exhibition by Mona Hatoum entitled Undercurrents. Hatoum was Artist-in-Residence on the DAAD program (Berliner Künstlerprogramm, Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst) in 2003-2004 and has since divided her time between Berlin and London. 

Parallel to this exhibition, Mona Hatoum is exhibiting an installation entitled Hanging Garden at the Daadgalerie, Zimmerstr. 90-91, Berlin-Mitte, 2 May – 7 June 2008.

From May 2 – June 14 Galerie Max Hetzler, Zimmerstr. 90/91, presents “DROPS”, an exhibition of Frank Nitsche.

For further questions please contact the gallery at +49(0)30 229 24 37.