amman-jordan

Mona Hatoum

Darat al Funun

A barrier of coarse gray sandbags spouting tender shoots of green grass. A wooden tabletop strewn with fifty grenades made of pastel-colored ceramics. Silhouettes of armed soldiers snipped from wispy white tissue paper. Mona Hatoum’s exhibition at the Jordanian arts foundation Darat al Funun presented numerous pairings of brutality and fragility. She took a series of images and implements of war—such as troops, ammunition, boulders, barbed wire, and bomb sites indicated on maps—and translated them into precious objects rendered in delicate materials, including a draped scarf, a cage of bent willow tree branches, a spider’s web fashioned from thousands of tiny glass beads, and a map of Palestine stitched into a small, soiled pillow with strands of human hair.

Hatoum, who was born in Beirut to Palestinian parents in 1952, has been a fixture of international exhibitions and biennials for more

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