by Alix Ohlin Home and Away The Strange Surrealism of Mona Hatoum
Defiant colanders, threatening cheese graters, menacing
workbenches: these unnerving appliances and tools capture the
imbalance of Mona Hatoum's life. Born in Lebanon of Palestinian
parents and living in London since her twenties, the worldly,
trilingual Hatoum paradoxically lives in perpetual alienation.
There is, as we say, no place like home.
by Keith Miller The Narrative Dress Feminine Catastrophe
in Possessed and
Bikini waxes and sororities
preoccupy the heroine of the comedy Legally Blonde-until getting
dumped because she's too, like, stupid prompts her
transformation to smart and sexy. Shirin Neshat's Possessed also
highlights a crisis of feminine identity, but without
resolution: Possessed emphasizes the calamity, Legally Blonde
avoids it. Is this just art versus Hollywood again, or something