mona hatoum was born into a palestinian family in beirut in 1952 and now lives and works in london and berlin. hatoum studied at the byam shaw school of art and the slade school of fine art in london. she has participated in numerous important exhibitions including the turner prize (1995), the venice biennale (1995 and 2005), the istanbul biennial (1995), documenta xi (2002), the biennale of sydney (2006), the 3rd auckland triennial (2007) and the quadrennial for contemporary art, copenhagen (2008). solo exhibitions include centre pompidou, paris (1994), tate britain, london (2000) hamburger kunsthalle, kunstmuseum bonn, magasin 3, stockholm (2004), museum of contemporary art, sydney (2005), the ullens center for contemporary art, beijing (2009), and the fondazione querini stampalia in the context of the venice biennale (2009).
mona hatoum was the 2004 recipient of the prestigious sonning prize given biennially by the university of copenhagen. in the same year, she was also awarded the roswitha haftmann stiftung prize from zurich. in 2008 she was the visual arts laureate of the rolf schock prize given by the royal swedish academy of fine arts in stockholm. she is also the current recipient of the käthe-kollwitz-preis 2010 given by the akademie der künste in berlin.