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Lawrence Abu Hamdan

b.1985, Amman, Jordan; lives and works in Beirut, Lebanon.

Lawrence Abu Hamdan is an artist and self-proclaimed ‘Private Ear’. Listening to, with and on behalf of people affected by corporate, state, and environmental violence informs Abu Hamdan’s films, exhibitions, publications, live performances, and lectures, which often result in forensic reports, presented in support of social justice cases around the world. Abu Hamdan's audio investigations have been used as evidence at the UK Asylum and Immigration Tribunal and have been a key part of advocacy campaigns for organizations such as Amnesty International, Defence for Children International and Forensic Architecture.

Lawrence Abu Hamdan's recent exhibitions include Air Pressure (A Diary of the Sky), The Future Fields Commission in Time-Based Media, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia (2024); Aux frontières de l’audible, Frac Franche-Comté, Besançon (2023); Walled Unwalled and Other Monologues, The Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis Studio, MoMA, New York (2023); 45th Parallel, Talbot Rice Gallery, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK, Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City (2023); 45th Parallel, Mercer Union, Toronto Biennial of Art, Toronto and Spike Island, Bristol (2022); The Sonic Image, Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah (2022); Lawrence Abu Hamdan / Dirty Evidence, Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm (2021); Green Coconuts and Other Inadmissible Evidence, Secession, Vienna (2020); The Voice Before the Law, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin (2019); Earwitness Theatre, Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis (2019); Lawrence Abu Hamdan. Witte de With, Rotterdam (2019), Earwitness Theatre, Chisenhale Gallery, London (2018); Hammer Projects: Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Hammer Museum, LA (2018); Earshot, Portikus, Frankfurt (2016); Taqiyya, Kunsthalle St Gallen, St Gallen (2015); Tape Echo, Beirut in Cairo and Van AbbeMuseum, Eindhoven (2013); The Freedom Of Speech Itself, The Showroom, London (2012), and The Whole Truth, Casco, Utrecht (2012). Additionally his works have been exhibited and performed within Kunsthalle Basel (2021); the 22nd Biennale of Sydney (2020); the 58th Venice Biennale (2019); Tate Modern, London, UK (2013, 2018); Sharjah Biennale 14 & 13 (2017, 2019) ; Centre Pompidou, Paris, France (2017); Contour Biennale 8, Mechelen, Belgium (2017); MACBA, Barcelona, Spain (2017); Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden (2017); the 11th Gwangju Biennale, Korea (2016); the 9th Liverpool Biennial, UK (2016); Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK (2016); Beirut Art Center, Beirut, Lebanon (2015); and the 10th Shanghai Biennial (2014).

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