Lawrence Abu Hamdan  – Winning Artist, Abraaj Group Art Prize 2018

Lawrence Abu Hamdan is an artist, “private ear” and fellow at the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at the New School, New York. His projects have taken the form of audiovisual installations, performances, graphic works, photography, Islamic sermons, cassette tape compositions, potato chip packets, essays, and lectures.

Abu Hamdan’s interest with sound and its intersection with politics originate from his background in DIY music. He has made audio analyses for legal investigations at the UK Asylum Tribunal and advocacy for organisations such as Amnesty International and Defence for Children International. The artist’s forensic audio investigations are conducted as part of his research for Forensic Architecture at Goldsmiths College, London, where he is also a PhD candidate.

Abu Hamdan’s Rubber Coated Steel, 2016, won the short film award at the Rotterdam International Film Festival 2017 and his exhibition Earshot at Portikus Frankfurt, 2016, was the recipient of the 2016 Nam June Paik Award. Other solo exhibitions include Taqiyya, 2015, at Kunsthalle St Gallen, Tape Echo, 2013, at Beirut in Cairo and Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, The Freedom Of Speech Itself, 2012, at Showroom, London, and The Whole Truth, 2012, at Casco, Utrecht.

Additionally, his works have been presented in Tamawuj, Sharjah Biennial 13, Sharjah, 2017, Contour Biennale 8: Polyphonic Worlds: Justice as Medium, Mechelen, Belgium, 2017, 11th Gwangju Biennial, South Korea, 2016, the 9th Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool, 2016, The Shanghai Biennial, Shanghai, 2014, The Whitechapel Gallery, London, MACBA, Barcelona, Tate Modern, London, The Beirut Art Center and The Taipei Biennial, all in 2012. Abu Hamdan’s writing can be found in Forensis Sternberg Press, Manifesta Journal and Cabinet Magazine.

His works are part of collections at MoMA, New York, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Centre Pompidou, Paris and the Arts Council England. Lawrence Abu Hamdan was born in 1985 in Amman, Jordan. He currently lives and works in Beirut, Lebanon.

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