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Mona Hatoum left Beirut in 1975 for a short visit to London. When war broke out in the Lebanon she found it impossible
to return. In this video, letters from her mother in Beirut, written in Arabic, move across the screen. They are read aloud,
in English, by the artist. Hatoum's mother is also heard, speaking openly about her feelings and sexuality, accompanied by images of her in the shower.

 

Hatoum's video suggests exile and displacement. She has said it also challenges 'the stereotype of Arab women as passive, mother as
non-sexual being'.

 

November 2002