Internationally acclaimed artist Mona Hatoum speaks at the Power Plant in Toronto

The Power Plant will provide a platform for internationally renowned artist Mona Hatoum (born in Beirut, 1952) on Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at 7:00pm at the Enwave Theatre at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto. She is recognized for her visually striking, politically incisive work in installation, sculpture, video, photography, and works on paper. She is best known for her singular sculptural works, which evoke conflicting emotions of desire and revulsion, fear and fascination, in viewers.

Hatoum visits Toronto in advance of receiving the 2011 Joan Miró Prize, which will be formally awarded to her on April 7, 2011. The jury was unanimous in their decision as she “has pioneered in

opening up art practices to non-Western realities while showing the connections between Western high culture and transnational political and cultural events. After Hatoum, the art world has become a far more open and less self-centred arena, a process that is still in expansion and consolidation. Hatoum’s commitment to human values of concern to all cultures and societies is similar to Miró’s view of mankind after his experience of three devastating wars.”

Hatoum has participated in numerous group exhibitions including biennials in Venice (1995 and 2005), Sydney (2006) and Sharjah (2007); in 2010 alone she was included in exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim in New York, Hayward Gallery and Tate Modern in London, and the Vancouver Art Gallery. Solo exhibitions have been organized by the Centre Pompidou in Paris (1994), the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago (1997), Castello di Rivoli in Turin (1999), Hamburger Kunsthalle Kunstmuseum in Bonn, Magasin 3 in Stockholm (2004), Darat Al Funun in Jordan (2008), and the Rennie Collection in Vancouver (2009).

Hatoum currently lives and works in London and Berlin.

The Power Plant Gallery presents Mona Hatoum as a part of its ongoing International Lecture Series, which brings world-renowned artists, curators and thinkers to Toronto. This one-night engagement is an exclusive opportunity for audiences in Toronto to meet the artist, widely considered to be at the forefront of contemporary art practice.

Admission is free to members, and is $12 for non-members. Please call the Harbourfront Centre Box Office at 416.973.4000 to purchase/reserve tickets. The Enwave Theatre at Harbourfront Centre is located at 231 Queens Quay West in Toronto.