With her first major retrospective opening at Tate Modern this month, we are taking notes from Mona Hatoum’s work, ‘Twelve Window’s’.
Mona Hatoum was born into a Palestinian family in Beirut, Lebanon in 1952. She moved to Britain as a student in 1975 and has since lived between London and Berlin.
‘Twelve Windows’ was created in collaboration with Inaash, a non-governmental organisation founded in 1969 by a group of Lebanese and Palestinian women who understood the need to preserve the rich tradition of Palestinian embroidery, and provide employment for women in refugee camps.
The work consists of twelve embroidered pieces of fabric, or ‘windows’, each representing a region of Palestine through the delicate pattern of stitching. The pieces are hung with wooden pegs on steel cables stretched across the room.
The panels extend the ancient tradition of Palestinian embroidery, passed from mother to daughter through generations, to the present day.
Mona Hatoum, Tate Modern, 04 May - 21 August 2016