Biography

Lawrence Abu Hamdan is an artist and 'private ear' or independent audio investigator. His audio investigations have been used as evidence at the UK Asylum and Immigration Tribunal and as 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 received his PhD in 2017.

His work has been presented in solo exhibitions at Chisenhale Gallery, London (2018); Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2018); Portikus Frankfurt (2016); Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen, Switzerland (2015); Beirut in Cairo (2013); The Showroom, London (2012) and Casco, Utrecht, the Netherlands (2012). His works have also been shown in group exhibitions at the Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne (2018); Sharjah Biennial 13, Sharjah and Ramallah (2017) and Whitechapel Gallery, London (2016), among others. His works are part of many international museum collections, including MoMA, New York; Guggenheim Museum, New York; Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven, the Netherlands; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris and Tate Modern, London. He is the author of the artist book [inaudible]: A politics of listening in 4 acts (Sternberg Press, 2016).

In 2018, Abu Hamdan received both the Abraaj Group Art Prize and the Baloise Art Prize. In 2017, his film Rubber Coated Steel won a Tiger Short Award at the Rotterdam International Film Festival, and in 2016, his exhibition Earshot at Portikus Frankfurt was awarded the Nam June Paik Award. He was a guest of the DAAD Kunstler Program, Berlin (2017–2018) and a fellow at the Vera List Centre for Art and Politics at the New School, New York (2015–2017).

Born in Amman in 1985, he currently lives and works in London and Beirut.

SAF participation:
Sharjah Biennials 14 and 13.
March Meeting 2017