21 x 59.5 cm
Lithograph on Silk Weave 270gsm
Edition of 45
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Working with sound, installation, performance, text, video and graphic works, Lawrence Abu Hamdan’s work examines the contemporary politics of listening. Often building on audio analysis that Abu Hamdan has made for legal investigations and advocacy for humanitarian organisations, his work is acutely attentive to sound.
To accompany his new commission, Earwitness Theatre, Abu Hamdan has produced a special limited edition titled, Earwitness Inventory Chisenhale 2018. The text-based, lithograph print comprises an alphabetical index of objects that are included in Earwitness Inventory, his work presented at Chisenhale Gallery. The installation comprises a sound effects library of objects accumulated by Abu Hamdan. The objects are derived from legal cases in which sonic evidence is contested and acoustic memories need to be retrieved; and includes pinecones, cannelloni pasta, unwound video tape, a selection of shoes and a series of customised door instruments. This inventory of objects generates sounds that have been specifically used to develop and refine earwitness testimony techniques.
Appearing almost as an absurd poem, Earwitness Inventory Chisenhale 2018 conjures the sounds made through the words describing the objects. As such, the edition continues Abu Hamdan’s interest in examining the role of artifice, illusion and creative labour in the construction of evidence and the specific truth that artists, and art work, can produce.
Lawrence Abu Hamdan’s edition is supported by Worton Hall Studios.
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); Tape Echo, part of Positions, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (2014); Aural Contract: The Freedom of Speech Itself, The Showroom, London (2012). Selected group exhibitions include Sharjah Biennial 13, Sharjah; Strange Attractor, Ballroom Marfa, Texas (all 2017); 9th Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool; (all 2016); British Art Show 8, Hayward Gallery, London and touring; Surround Audience, New Museum Triennial, New York (both 2015). Abu Hamdan was the recipient of the Abraaj Group Prize and the Baloise Art Prize (both 2018).