Mona Hatoum was born in 1952 to a Palestinian family in Beirut, Lebanon. While she was on a short visit to London in 1975, the Lebanese civil war broke out and prevented her from returning home. She has lived in London ever since.
Hatoum has participated in numerous prestigious international group exhibitions including the Venice Biennale (1995 and 2005), Documenta, Kassel (2002 and 2017), Biennale of Sydney (2006), Istanbul Biennial (1995 and 2011) and Moscow Biennale of
Contemporary Art (2013).
Solo exhibitions include a major survey organized by Centre Pompidou, Paris (2015), that toured to Tate Modern, London and KIASMA, Helsinki (2016), and a US tour initiated by the Menil Collection, Houston (2017), that traveled to the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, St Louis (2018).
She has a long list of international distinctions which include being awarded the Rolf Schock Prize given by the Royal Swedish Academy of Arts (2008), the Joan Miró Prize (2011), the 10th Hiroshima Art Prize (2017) and the Praemium Imperiale (2019). In 2020, she received the Julio González Prize from IVAM – Institut Valencià d’Art Modern, Valencia, Spain, where she had a large solo exhibition in 2021.