Mona Hatoum is a London-based artist of Palestinian descent. She has been exhibiting artwork for 20 years and was part of the Turner Prize selection in 1995, the Venice Biennale (1995 and 2005) and the Sydney Biennale (2006). Her early work was preoccupied with political power structures and was often performative. During the 1980s she took reductive measures to work more subtly, engaging psychologically with the viewer and playing with aesthetics. She was one of the first major contemporary artists to incorporate glass into her working medium. Hatoum has exhibited internationally, at venues including the Pompidou Centre, Paris, Tate Britain, London and the Beirut Art Centre.