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Bukhara (red)



Mona Hatoum

Lebanon, England

1952 –

  • Details

    Media categories
    Sculpture , Textile
    Materials used
    wool and cotton
    141.0 x 212.0 x 1.0 cm, including fringe
    Signature & date

    Signed l.l. certificate of authenticity, brown ink "Mona Hatoum". Not dated.

    Gift of Geoff and Vicki Ainsworth 2008
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Mona Hatoum/DACS. Copyright Agency (Photo: Jens Ziehe, Berlin. Courtesy White Cube)

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    Artist information
    Mona Hatoum

    Works in the collection


  • About

    Mona Hatoum often works with domestic objects and objects the West associates with the Arab world. Her work deals with issues of displacement and identity. She has said: “…my work is about my experience of living in the West as a person from the Third World, about being an outsider, about occupying a marginal position, being excluded, being defined as ‘Other’ or as one of ‘Them’.”1

    'Bukhara (red)' is a Persian style carpet similar to those that furnished her childhood home. Areas of the weave have been removed from the carpet as if moth eaten or worn in some way to form the Gall-Peters equal-area projection of the world map, which rescales the continents according to their true proportions.

    1. G. Brett, C. de Zegher, 'Mona Hatoum', Phaidon Press, London 1997, p.127

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

    • Refugees, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre & Liverpool Regional Museum, Casula, 30 Jul 2016–11 Sep 2016

    • Exploded Textiles, Tamworth Regional Gallery, Tamworth, 28 Sep 2019–01 Dec 2019