Lawrence Abu Hamdan

Lawrence Abu Hamdan

Still: 45th Parallel
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 that 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 Award for Short Films at IFFR 2017 for Rubber Coated Steel (2017). His investigations, conducted as part of his PhD research in Forensic Architecture at Goldsmiths College London, have furthermore had a real-life impact when used as evidence at the UK Asylum and Immigration Tribunal and by Amnesty International and Defence for Children International. In 2019, he was one of four recipients of the prestigious Turner Prize.


(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), New Acid (2019), M.A.G.N.E.T (2019, short), Once Removed (2019, short), 45th Parallel (2022, short)

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Lawrence Abu Hamdan op IFFR