Mona Hatoum is a Lebanese-born Palestinian video artist and installation artist who lives in London, United Kingdom. Born in 1952 in Beirut, Lebanon to Palestinian parents she studied graphic design at Beirut University College in Lebanon for two years and then began working at an advertising agency. During a visit to London in 1975, civil war broke out in Lebanon and Hatoum was forced into exile. She stayed in London, training at both the Byam Shaw School of Art and the Slade School of Fine Art (University College, London) between the years 1975 and 1981. Mona Hatoum explores a variety of different subject matter via different theoretical frameworks. Her work can be interpreted as a description of the body, as a commentary on politics, and on gender and difference as she explores the dangers and confines of the domestic world. Her work can also be interpreted through the concept of space as her sculpture and installation work depend on the viewer to inhabit the surrounding space to complete the effect.