Lawrence Abu Hamdan was born in 1985 in Amman, Jordan. He currently lives and works in Beirut, Lebanon.
Lawrence Abu Hamdan’s work deals with the relationship between listening and politics, borders, human rights, testimony and truth through the production of documentaries, essays, audio-visual installations, video works, graphic design, sculpture, photography, workshops and performance. Abu Hamdan’s interest in the intersection of sound and politics originate from his background in DIY music.
In 2013 Abu Hamdan’s audio documentary The Freedom of Speech Itself was submitted as evidence at the UK asylum tribunal where the artist was called to testify as an expert witness. He continues to make sonic analyses for legal investigations and advocacy. Most recently his work was prominently part the No More Forgotten Lives campaign for 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 and associate lecturer.
Lawrence Abu Hamdan’s work has been presented in numerous international biennials including the Sharjah Biennial (2017), the 8th Contour Biennale (2017), the 11th Gwangju Buennale (2016), the Liverpool Biennial (2016), among many others. His previous solo exhibitions include Earshot at Portikus, Frankfurt, Allemagne (2016), Contra-Diction: Speech Against Itself, Le Centre Pompidou, Paris, FR (2016 performance) تقيه (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), MACBA Barcelona, Tate Modern London, MHKA Antwerp, the Beirut Art Center and The Taipei Biennial (2012) and documenta 14 (2017).
Abu Hamdan’s writing can be found in Forensis, Sternberg press, Manifesta Journal and Cabinet Magazine. His work is the collections of the Guggenheim and MoMA New York, Van AbbeMuseum Eindhoven, Tate London, Barjeel Art Foundation, UAE and the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Abu Hamdan was awarded the 2018 Abraaj Group Prize for his artistic endeavours.