Wissam, 2016
Artificial orange tree, dictaphone, cassette tape, photographs
210 x 80 cm

Lawrence Abu Hamdan (b. 1985 Amman, Jordan), lives and works in Beirut, Lebanon.

Lawrence Abu Hamdan is an artist and audio investigator. His interest with sound and its intersection with politics originate from his background as a touring musician and facilitator of DIY music. The artists audio investigations has been used as evidence at the UK Asylum and Immigration Tribunal and as advocacy for organisations such as Amnesty International and 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 received his PhD in 2017.

Abu Hamdan’s Rubber Coated Steel 2016 won the short film award at the Rotterdam International Film festival 2017 and his exhibition Earshot at Portikus Frankfurt (2016) was the recipient of the 2016 Nam June Paik Award. Other solo exhibitions include Hammer Museum L.A (2018), Kunsthalle St Gallen (2015), Beirut in Cairo (2013), The Showroom, London (2012), Casco, Utrecht (2012). Abu Hamdan is the author of the artist book [inaudible] : A politics of listening in 4 acts and a forthcoming ebook produced as part of his 2015-17 fellowship at the Vera List Centre for Art and Politics at the New School in New York. His works are part of collections at MoMA New York, Guggenheim New York, Van AbbeMuseum Eindhoven, Centre Pompidou Paris, Tate Modern.



Goldsmiths College, University of London, PhD, The Centre for Research Architecture, UK

Goldsmiths College, University of London, MA, The Centre for Research Architecture, UK

Middlesex University, BA, Sonic Arts, London, UK


Selected Solo Exhibitions

Walled Unwalled, daadgalerie, Berlin, Germany
Walled Unwalled, conceived for the Tanks, Tate Modern, Bankside, London, UK
Earwitness Theatre, Chisenhale Gallery, London, UK
Lawrence Abu Hamdan: [INAUDIBLE], mor charpentier, Paris, France
Lawrence Abu Hamndan, Chisenhale Gallery, London, UK
Hammer Projects: Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles

Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Maureen Paley, London, UK

Contra-Diction: Speech Against Itself, Le Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
Earshot, Portikus, Frankfurt, Germany

Taqiyya, Kunsthalle St. Gallen, Switzerland
The All-Hearing, Laveronica, Arte Contemporanea, Sicily, Italy

Tape Echo, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Netherlands

Tape Echo, Beirut in Cairo, Cairo, Egypt

Aural Contract: The Whole Truth, Casco Utrecht, Netherlands
Aural Contract: The Freedom of Speech Itself, the Showroom, London, UK


Selected Group Exhibitions

Public Art Munich 2018, Munich, Germany
Of Other Spaces, 2018 Abraaj Group Art Prize Exhibition, Art Dubai, Dubai, UAE
Unfinished Portrait, Mor Charpentier, Paris, France
74 million million million tons, SculptureCenter, New York, USA

From Ear to Ear to Eye: Sounds and Stories from Across the Arab World, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham, UK
Accentisms, Taxispalais, Kunsthalle Tirol, Innsbruck Austria
Parades for FIAC, Paris, France
The Image of War, Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden
Negotiating the Future: 2017 Asian Art Biennial, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan
Where do I end and you begin – On Secularity, Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art 2017, Gothenburg, Sweden
Stealing from the West, Academy of the Arts of the World, Cologne, Germany
Manipulate the World, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
Forensic Architecture – towards an investigative aesthetic, MACBA, Barcelona, Spain
Heart of the Tin Man, M Woods, Beijing, China
Blind Date, Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon
Tamawuj, Sharjah Biennial 13, Sharjah, UAE
Contour Biennale 8 Polyphonic Worlds: Justice as Medium, Kunstcentrum NONA, Mechelen, Belgium
Strange Attractor, Ballroom Marfa, Texas, USA
We Are Everywhere, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago, USA

Nam June Paik award exhibition, Museum Folkwang Essen, Germany
If All Relationships Were to Reach Equilibrium, Then This Building Would Dissolve, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, UK
The Eighth Climate (What Does Art Do?), Gwangju Biennial, KOR
9th Liverpool Biennial, UK
Imperfect Chronology, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK

British Art Show 8, Hayward Gallery, UK
Political Populism, Kunsthalle Wien, Austria
Surround Audience, New Museum Triennial, New York, US
Accented, Maraya Art Centre, Sharjah, UAE

Contaro, Al Hondiga, Bilbao, Spain
Social Factory, 10th Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai, China
Forms of Distancing: Representative Politics and the Politics of Representations, Sterchicher, Herbst Festival, Austria
Don’t You Know Who I Am? Art After Identify Politics, M HKA, Antwerp, Belgium
Transfigurations: Curatorial and Artistic Research in an Age of Migrations, MACBA, Barcelona, Spain
Forensis, Hause Kulturen, Berlin, Germany
Ten Thousand Wiles and Tricks, Meeting Point 7, Beirut Art Centre, Beirut, Lebanon
Don’t Embarrass the Bureau, Lunds Konsthall, Lund, Sweden
Word. Sound. Power, KHOJ International Artists’ Association, New Delhi, India

Tensta Museum, Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden
Schizophonia, Cac la Synagogue de Delme, France
4 days April 2013, Arnolfini, Bristol, UK
Things Behinds the Sun, Non, Istanbul, Turkey
Lexicon VHDG, Leeuwarden, Netherlands
Word. Sound. Power, Tate Modern, London, UK
The String and the Mirror Lisa Cooley Gallery, New York, US

Desire Lines, Espai Cultural de Caja Madrid, Barcelona, Spain
Taipei Biennial, Taipei, Taiwan
How Much Fascism? Extra City Kunsthal, Antwerp, Belgium
Soundworks, Institute of Contemporary Art, London, UK
Alternative 2012: Materiality, Wyspa Institute of Art, Gdansk, Poland

Survival Kit, Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art, Latvia

A Time to Make Ten Shoes, Santarcangelo 39, Italy

Lawrence Abu Hamdan & Will Saunders Transmission Gallery, Glasgow, UK


Performances and Screenings

Bird Watching, Durub al Tawata by Tarek Abou Al Fatouh, The Auditorium, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Biennale de l’Image en Mouvement: The Sound of Screens Imploding, Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland
After SFX, The Tanks, Tate Modern, Bankside, London, UK

Contra-diction: Speech Against Itself, Maureen Paley, London, UK
Rubber Coated Steel, Union Docs, New York, US

Double Take, 45th International film festival Rotterdam, Rotterdam, NL
Isambard Kingston Brunel, Hammer Museum, LA, USA
Contra-diction: Speech Against Itself, The New Museum, New York, US
Double Take at the Past 100 Years, part 1: WDW Review Offline, Witte de With,Rotterdam, NL

Contra-diction: Speech Against Itself, Cornerhouse, Manchester, UK
The All-Hearing, 44th International film festival Rotterdam, Rotterdam, NL
Received Pronunciations, Radio Web MACBA, Barcelona, ES
Contra-diction: Speech Against Itself, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK
Contra-diction: Speech Against Itself, Liste Performance Programme, Basel, CH
Anxiety Festival - Acting-Out: The Institution Denied, Anatomy Museum, King’s Building, Strand Campus, London, UK

Aural Contract Audio Archive, Tate Modern, London, UK
Public Sound 3, The Speaking Subject, de Player, Rotterdam, NL
Aural Contract, Meeting Point 7, M HKA, Antwerp, BE
Isambard Kingston Brunel, Iaspis, Stockholm, SE
Mountain Language, Arnolfini, Bristol, UK
Record, Reframe, Resist, V&A, London, UK

Aural Contract, The Voice Symposium, The Science Museum’s Dana Centre, London, UK
Artists’ film club: sound and vision, ICA, London, UK
The Pessoptimist Marathon with Marwa Arsanios, The Jerusalem Show, Jerusalem, Ra-Mallah, PS & Beirut, LB

Audio Infrastructures, Wyspa Institute of Art, Gdansk, PL
Model Court: An Ecology of the Courtroom, Chisenhale Gallery, London, UK

Forensic Listening, 98 Weeks Project Space, Beirut, LB

Light Night: Leeds Urban Performance, Leeds, UK



The Abraaj Group Art Prize

Shortlisted for the 2017 Jarman Award
Dialog Award 2017
Frieze Tate Fund Acquisitions
Tiger Award for Short Films

International Nam June Paik Award