Mona Hatoum (Photograph: Jim Rakete)

2016 MEDAL AWARD HONORING MONA HATOUM - MAY 23

The SMFA Medal is awarded annually to individuals who have made a significant and lasting impact on the art world. The gala—which includes a seated dinner and silent auction—raises vital funds for scholarships and educational opportunities for SMFA students. The Medal Award was first presented in 1996 on the occasion of the 125th anniversary of the founding of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. In the time since, the School has paid tribute to some of the most noteworthy artists and influential art patrons of our time.

A BRIEF HISTORY OF MONA HATOUM

Mona Hatoum first became widely known in the mid 1980s for a series of performance and video works that focused with great intensity on the body. In the 1990s her work moved increasingly towards large-scale installations and sculpture. She developed a language in which familiar, domestic everyday objects are often transformed into foreign, threatening, or surreal sculptures.

Hatoum was born into a Palestinian family in Beirut in 1952 and has lived and worked in London since 1975. She has participated in numerous significant exhibitions including the Turner Prize (1995); the Venice Biennale (1995 and 2005); Documenta XI (2002); the Biennale of Sydney (2006); and the Moscow Biennale (2013). She has held solo exhibitions in major museums and institutions in Europe, North and South America, Australia, and the Middle East. A major survey of her work was inaugurated at the Centre Pompidou in Paris in 2015 and will tour to Tate Modern, London and Kiasma, Helsinki in 2016.