Video So Much I
Want To Say (1983); Courtesy LIMA, Amsterdam.
Mona Hatoum. Exhibition view of the video So Much I Want To Say (1983) at the III Venice International Performance Art Week. Image © We Exhibit
Mona Hatoum (born 1952 in
Beirut, Lebanon) is a Palestinian artist based in London. She spans an artistic
practice that combines sculpture, performance and video, dealing with issues of
place and displacement, taboo, the abject body, as well as dangers and confines
of the domestic world. The physical body is shown to address the vulnerability
of the individual in relation to the violence inherent in institutional and
social power structures, eliciting a highly visceral response. In her works Mona Hatoum unveils the contradictions and complexities of our world often making the familiar uncanny. Her vision of the reality is challenging, given through the juxtaposition of opposites such as beauty and horror, engaging the viewer in conflicting emotions of desire and revulsion, fear and fascination.
The VENICE INTERNATIONAL
PERFORMANCE ART WEEK shows the video documentation of So Much I Want To Say (1983), performed live for the Wiencouver IV event in Vancouver. A
series of still images unfold, revealing the face of a woman in close-up. Two
male hands repeatedly gag the woman and obscure parts of her face. On the soundtrack
repeated over and over again are the words "so much I want to say".