Mona Hatoum

Witness, 2009
Porcelain
49 x 24 x 24 cm

Mona Hatoum
Born 1952, Beirut, Lebanon
Lives and works in London, UK

The 2009 sculpture by Mona Hatoum toys with the viewer’s sense of familiarity and comfort. Witness echoes the surrealist art in the adjacent section, experimenting with scale and perception. The sculpture draws directly from Lebanon’s 20th century history and is a miniature, porcelain reproduction of the bronze monument located in the centre of Beirut’s Place des Martyrs (Martyrs Square). The original monument was created to commemorate the Lebanese nationalists who were hanged during WWI by the Ottomans, is riddled with bullet holes from Lebanon’s Civil War (1975-1990).

Text by Isabella Hughes and Salwa Mikdadi

© Photo: Courtesy of Barjeel Art Foundation

A Century in Flux - photos

Highlights from the Barjeel Art Foundation. Sharjah Art Museum, UAE, 12 May 2018 - 31 May 2023. Curators: Salwa Mikdadi, Mandy Merzaban, Karim Sultan.

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