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The Daily Book of Art by David Schmidt, Rebecca J Razo, Elizabeth T. Gilbert, Amy Runyen, Sharon Robinson, Gabriel Guzman, Dylan Gilbert, Colin Gilbert

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Marbles and Hair

THE UNIVERSAL ART OF MONA HATOUM

“Hatoum’s art is hard to bear (like the refugee’s world, which is full of grotesque structures that bespeak excess as well as paucity), yet very necessary to see as...art that travesties the idea of a single homeland.”

Edward W. Said, 199933

 

Using a medium as innocuous as dozens of identical marbles, Mona Hatoum contemplates the issues of migration and the fluidity of international boundaries. The artist has created a map of the world, minus the steel-and-concrete reinforced barriers: All seven continents are made from interchangeable glass marbles.

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