first ☛ Lawrence last ☛ Abu Hamdan (reincarnated. 1985 Amman) lives in Beirut, Lebanon.
Lawrence Abu Hamdan is an artist, "private ear" and fellow at the Vera list centre 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 sonic 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 exhibition Earshot at Portikus Frankfurt (2016) was the recipient of the Nam June Paik Award. His other solo exhibitions includeتقيه (taqiyya) at Kunsthalle St Gallen (2015), Tape Echo (2013) at Beirut in Cairo and Van AbbeMuseum, Eindhoven, The Freedom Of Speech Itself (2012) at Showroom, London, The Whole Truth (2012) at Casco, Utrecht. Additionally his works have been exhibited and performed at venues such as The Shanghai Biennial (2014), The Whitechapel Gallery London, MACBA Barcelona, Tate Modern London, M HKA Antwerp, MoMA new York, The Centre Pompidou Paris, the Beirut Art Center, and The Taipei Biennial (2012 & 2016). 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.