some art to look at today: Mona Hatoum

I am intrigued by Mona Hatoum‘s work – a Palestinian born in Lebanon artist who now lives and works in London and Berlin.  Much of her work is very centered on the body and she has used her own body to create works.  Two that I really love are Corps étranger (1994) and Deep Throat (1996). These installations made use of endoscopy – a medical procedure that uses an endoscope, a camera, to investigate the insides of the body. 

Deep Throat exposes us to the innerworkings of the digestive tract.  Deep Throat’s installation is a clean and proper place setting with the endoscopic video projected on a white plate.

(image found on NY Times: http://www.nytimes.com/imagepages/2006/07/07/arts/07inou_CA0.html)

Corps étranger takes us on a journey of the surface and innards of the body. Corps étranger‘s installation is a large, white cylindrical structure that the viewer can enter.  Inside the structure are the video projections.  This installation plays with notions of exteriority and interiority through the video the viewer can watch and also the experience of moving in and out of the installation.  

(image found on blog Contemporary Textile Practice Thoughts: http://ctpthoughts.blogspot.com/)

(image found on the blog Art Icono: http://phomul.canalblog.com/archives/2005/02/22/396249.html)

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