illycaffè is the official global coffee partner of Frieze London, the world’s most influential contemporary art fair that takes place from October 13th to 17th in Regent’s Park, London. Here, visitors can discover the new cup collection presented live by the artist: Mona Hatoum. After the London event, there will be three more important dates to witness the unveiling of the new illy Art Collection:
- Fiac, in Paris from October 21st to 24th
- Asia Now, in Paris from October 20th to 24th
- Artissima, in Turin from November 4th to 7th
Born into a Palestinian family in Beirut, she settled in London in 1975 after civil war broke out in Lebanon while she was on a short visit to Britain. Hatoum first became widely known in the mid 1980s for a series of performances and video works that focused with great intensity on the body. In the early 1990s, her work shifted towards large-scale installations and sculptures that aimed to engage the viewer by kindling conflicting emotions of desire and repulsion, fear and fascination.
The new illy Art Collection designed by Mona Hatoum is a game of shapes and colors that resembles the typical motif of the Kefiah: the traditional Arabian headdress, nestled between fishing nets and olive leaves. A formal reinterpretation that depicts a heartfelt story about work, sacrifice and interpersonal relationships.