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Number 12: Summer 2016

Bodily Identifications: Mona Hatoum at Tate Modern, London, 4 May–21 August 2016

Nicholas Bayley

Hatoum’s works fill the mind and all the senses but they do not shout. My companion and I found the huge exhibition was not exhausting, and though we had clearly had very different experiences in there, our discussion—over a meal in a Polish restaurant this time—was quiet and calm. Just as she often uses skin and surfaces as ideas and as materials, Hatoum’s work gets thoroughly inside one’s awareness.


Van Assche, C. and Wallis, C. (Eds.) (2016) Mona Hatoum, London: Tate Publishing.