New York

Mona Hatoum

Alexander and Bonin

In her recent exhibition at Alexander and Bonin, Mona Hatoum continued her equivocal exploration of the domestic using forms derived from Minimalism. The results of this process, as she has previously demonstrated, may be characterized as menacing or suggestive of dislocation, exile, or alienation from the familiarities of home. This quality, as has been noted before, is entirely appropriate for an artist who was born in Beirut of displaced Palestinian parents and who has lived most of her life in London.

The centerpiece of the show was Mobile Home, 2005, in which a series of clotheslines strung between two metal barriers, which look rather like a headboard and footboard, mesh the tropes of private space and political conflict. Various items conjuring both domestic and nomadic life—a desk and chair, toys, dishes, a bedroll, suitcases—are attached to these lines so that when a motor in the

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