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MEASURES OF DISTANCE


Directed by | Mona Hatoum

Genre fiction  |  Length: 15mins  |  Year of production: 1988


Mona Hatoum’s video work Measures of Distance, traces a motherdaughter relationship. Links between the two women are played out across time and over geographical and cultural distance. This experimental video work by one of the most celebrated Palestinian contemporary artists comprises voices, images and layers of words. Barely visible behind a veil of Arabic letters (and arranged so as to give the impression of looking through a barbed wire fence), the artist's mother is filmed taking a shower a scene recalling a moment of intimacy in the artist's home in Beirut. Now in “exile”, the daughter reads aloud in English letters received from home sentence after sentence, the mother expresses her longing for her daughter. The video can be seen as a continuation of Hatoum's earlier performance work: it represents a contrast between youth and age, between closeness and separation, homeland and exile.