In September 2018 Chisenhale Gallery presents a major new commission by Beirut-based artist and “private ear”, Lawrence Abu Hamdan. Working with sound, installation, performance, photography, text, public lectures, video and graphic works, Abu Hamdan’s work interrogates how information is analysed and truth is determined.
Abu Hamdan’s work often builds on audio analysis made for legal investigations, which are developed closely with humanitarian organisations and research bodies. Acutely attentive to sound, Abu Hamdan’s work proposes new mechanisms for amplification, fundamentally questioning the ways in which rights are being heard–or not heard–today.
For his exhibition at Chisenhale Gallery, Abu Hamdan develops his enquiry into the political effects of listening, presenting the final chapter of an ambitious acoustic investigation into the Syrian regime prison of Saydnaya.
Lawrence Abu Hamdan (b. 1985, Amman, Jordan) lives and works in Beirut, Lebanon. Recent solo exhibitions include: Hammer Projects: Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2018); Maureen Paley, London (2017); Earshot, Portikus, Frankfurt (2016); Taqiyya, Kunsthalle St. Gallen (2015); Tapa Echo, part of Positions, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (2014); Aural Contract: The Whole Truth, Casco, Utrecht; Aural Contract: The Freedom of Speech Itself, The Showroom, London (both 2012). Selected group exhibitions include Sharjah Biennial 13, Sharjah; Strange Attractor, Ballroom Marfa, Texas (all 2017); 9th Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool; Imperfect Chronology, Whitechapel Gallery, London (all 2016); British Art Show 8, Hayward Gallery, London and touring; Surround Audience, New Museum Triennial, New York (both 2015); 10th Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai; Transfigurations: Curatorial and Artistic Research in an Age of Migrations, MACBA, Barcelona (both 2014). Abu Hamdan was the recipient of the Abraaj Group Prize 2018.