Lawrence Abu Hamdan at IFFR
The ‘politics of listening’ is the specialist subject of Lawrence ABU HAMDAN (1985, Jordan). The Beirut-based artist and audio investigator creates films, installations, graphic design, sculptures, photography and performances which explore the intersection between sound and politics. His work received a Nam June Paik Award and Baloise Art Prize and he is no stranger to Rotterdam: he won the Tiger Short Award at IFFR 2017 for Rubber Coated Steel. His investigations, conducted as part of his PhD research for Forensic Architecture at Goldsmiths College London, have furthermore had real-life impact when used as evidence at the UK Asylum and Immigration Tribunal and by Amnesty International and Defence for Children International. His film Walled Unwalled (2018) will be screened at IFFR 2019 as part of Bright Future Short. Abu Hamdan will also host his performance After SFX at IFFR 2019, in collaboration with Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art (who are hosting his solo exhibition).
(selection) Language Gulf in the Shouting Valley (2013, short), The All-Hearing (2014, short doc), Double-Take: Leader of the Syrian Revolution Commanding a Charge (2014, short doc), Rubber Coated Steel (2017, short doc), Walled Unwalled (2018, short doc), After SFX (2018, performance)