Lawrence Abu Hamdan is an artist, ‘private ear’ and fellow at the Vera List Center for Art and Politics, 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 in sound and its intersection with politics originates from his background in DIY music. He has made sonic analyses for legal investigations at the UK Immigration and Asylum Tribunal and participated in advocacy for organisations such as Amnesty International and Defence for Children International. The artist’s forensic audio investigations were conducted as part of his PhD research in forensic architecture at Goldsmiths, University of London.
Abu Hamdan's solo exhibition Earshot, Portikus Frankfurt (2016) was the recipient of the Nam June Paik Award. Other solo exhibitions include تقيه (Taqiyya): The Right to Duplicity, Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen, Switzerland (2105); Tape Echo, Beirut in Cairo and Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, the Netherlands (2013); The Freedom Of Speech Itself, The Showroom, London (2012) and The Whole Truth, Casco, Utrecht, the Netherlands (2012). His works have also been exhibited and performed at Sharjah Biennial 13, Sharjah and Ramallah (2017); Shanghai Biennial; Whitechapel Gallery, London; MACBA, Barcelona; Tate Modern, London; M HKA Museum of Contemporary Art, Antwerp; MoMA, New York; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Beirut Art Center and Taipei Biennial. 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 Arts Council England.
Born in 1985 in Amman, he currently lives and works in Beirut.
This person was part of Sharjah Biennial 13.