Biography

first ☛ Lawrence last ☛ Abu Hamdan (reincarnated. 1985 Amman) currently living in Beirut. 

Lawrence Abu Hamdan is a “Private Ear”. His interest with sound and its intersection with politics originate from his background as a touring musician and facilitator of DIY music. The artists audio investigations has 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 together with fellow researchers from Forensic Architecture. Abu Hamdan received his PhD in 2017 from Goldsmiths College London.

In 2019 Abu Hamdan was nominated for the Turner Prize for his exhibition Earwitness Theatre and his performance After Sfx. In 2017 his film Rubber Coated Steel won the Tiger short film award at the Rotterdam International Film festival, The audience award at 25 FPS Festival in Zagreb, and the Dialog Award at European Media Art festival in Osnabruk. In 2016 he won the Nam June Paik Award for new media.

Abu Hamdan is a fellow at the University of Chicago, was 2017/2018 guest of the DAAD Kunstler Program in Berlin and the 2015-17 fellow at the Vera List Centre for Art and Politics at the New School in New York.

His solo presentations have taken place at Witte De With, Rotterdam (2019), Tate Modern Tanks & Chisenhale Gallery, London, Hammer Museum L.A (2018), Portikus Frankfurt (2016), Kunsthalle St Gallen (2015), Beirut in Cairo (2013),  The Showroom, London (2012), Casco, Utrecht (2012). His works are part of collections at MoMA, Guggenheim, Van AbbeMuseum, Centre Pompidou and Tate Modern. 


Current/Forthcoming: 

The Voice Before the Law
Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart
Berlin, Germany
26th October 2019 - 9th February 2020

Turner Prize Exhibition 2019

Turner Contemporary
Margate, United Kingdom
28th September 2019 - 12th January 2020

Naqt
Sfeir-Semler Gallery
Beirut, Lebanon 
29th August 2019 - 4th January 2020
(solo)

Earwitness Theatre
Institute of Modern Art
Brisbane, Australia
28th September – 21th December 2019
(solo)

May You Live in Interesting Times
curated by Ralph Rugoff
58th Venice Biennale
Venice, Italy
11 May – 24 November 2019
(group)

 Contact :

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or Maureen Paley, London

or Mor-Charpentier Paris

or Sfeir-Semler, Beirut

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