Lawrence Abu Hamdan – Dirty Evidence


Published by Lenz in 2022. Edited by Fabian Schöneich. Texts by Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Natasha Ginwala, Ruba Katrib, Andrea Lissoni, Ramona Naddaff, Fabian Schöneich, Yasmine Seale, Theodor Ringborg, Eyal Weizman. Designed by David Bennewith. Co-published with Bonnier Konsthall.

English, hardcover, 19 x 25 cm,
256 pages
ISBN 979-12-80579-08-9


Richly illustrated, this book provides for the first time a visual overview of Lawrence Abu Hamdan’s works of more than a decade, and elaborates on a formal vocabulary characterized by the aesthetics of sound and language. Published on the occasion of his exhibition at Bonniers Konsthall in Stockholm, a group of authors have been invited to engage with individual works and their underlying concepts. Abu Hamdan recognizes the space for art as a site where attention can be drawn to real socio-political conditions in order to challenge the structures behind them. The artist can therefore push at the boundaries of what constitutes testimony. The title “Dirty Evidence” comes from Abu Hamdan’s definition of evidence in which a truth value is derived from its very inadmissibility before the law. It is precisely the evidence’s figurative dirt and dirtiness that works toward the production of truth.