Abu Hamdan’s interest with sound and its intersection with politics originate from his background in DIY music.

As well as being the Armory Show commissioned artist, in 2015 Abu Hamdan’s work is also to be included in the New Museum Triennial. The artist’s video The All Hearing 2014 was selected for the 44th International film festival Rotterdam. In 2014 his works became part of collections at MoMA New York, Van AbbeMuseum Eindhoven and Barjeel Art Foundation, UAE.

In 2013 Abu Hamdan’s audio documentary The Freedom of Speech Itself was submitted as evidence at the UK asylum tribunal where the artist himself was called to testify as an expert witness. He continues to make sonic analyses for legal investigations and advocacy – most recently his work was prominently part the No More Forgotten Lives campaign for 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 is also a PhD candidate and associate lecturer.

Lawrence Abu Hamdan
Lawrence Abu Hamdan
Amman, 1985

Current Exhibitions

Lawrence Abu Hamdan: The Voice Before the Law

Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart

26 Oct — 09 Feb
Nominated for the Turner Prize 2019, Lawrence Abu Hamdan (*1985 Amman, Jordan) is presenting his audiovisual and installation works that address the political dimensions of language and communication. The video and audio installation...

Turner Prize 2019

Turner Contemporary

28 Sep — 12 Jan
Named after the English painter J. M. W. Turner, Turner Prize is an annual prize awarded to a British artist for an outstanding exhibition or other presentation of their work in the past twelve months. Established in 1984, the prize...

Past Exhibitions

Lawrence Abu Hamdan: Earwitness Theatre

21/09/2018 — 09/12/2018

Lawrence Abu Hamdan: Walled Unwalled

27/09/2018 — 18/11/2018

Lawrence Abu Hamdan Solo Show

Maureen Paley
28/04/2017 — 05/06/2017

Each fighting its own little battle in happy ignorance

Pump House Gallery
12/10/2016 — 11/12/2016


Beirut Art Center 27/04/2016 — 21/08/2016

Solo Shows

Chisenhale Gallery, London, UK
Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, USA

Maureen Paley, London, UK

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

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

Tape Echo, part of Positions, 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

Group Shows

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
Full Scale -– Art’s Use in the Real World, Gallery II, University of Bradford, Bradford UK
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
No to the Invasion: Breakdowns and Side Effects, The Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, New York, USA
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 (curated by Natasha Ginwala), Kunstcentrum NONA, Mechelen, Belgium.
Strange Attractor, Ballroom Marfa, Texas, USA
We Are Everywhere, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago, USA

Each fighting its own little battle in happy ignorance, Pump House Gallery, London, UK
Nam June Paik award exhibition, Museum Folkwang Essen, Germany
Institute of Modern Art, UK
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?) (curated by Maria Lind), Gwangju Biennial, South Korea
9th Liverpool Biennial, UK Imperfect Chronology, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK

British Art Show 8, Hayward Gallery and touring, UKPolitical Populism, Kunsthalle Wien, Austria
Surround Audience, New Museum Triennial, New York, USA
Accented (curated by Martaza Vali), Maraya Art Centre, Sharjah, UAE

Contrato (curated by Leire Vergara), Al Hondiga, Bilbao, Spain
Social Factory (curated by Anselm Franke), 10th Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai, China
Forms of Distancing: Representative Politics and the Politics of Representation (curated by Stefano Collicelli Cagol and Luigi Fassi), Sterchicher Herbst Festival, Austria
Don’t You Know Who I Am? Art After Identity Politics (curated by Anders Kreuger and Nav Haq), M HKA, Antwerp
, Belgium
Transfigurations: Curatorial and Artistic Research in an Age of Migrations, MACBA, Barcelona, Spain
Forensis, (curated by Anselm Franke and Eyal Weizman) Hause Kulturen de Welt, Berlin, Germany
Ten Thousand Wiles and Tricks (curated by What, How & For Whom/WHW), Meeting Point 7, Beirut Art Center, Beirut, Lebanon
Don’t Embarrass the Bureau, Lunds Konsthall, Lund, Sweden – curated by Matteo Lucchetti Word.
Sound. Power (curated by Andi-Asmita Rangari), KHOJ International Artists’ Association, New Delhi, India

Tensta Museum (curated by Maria Lind), Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden Schizophonia (curated by Anna Colin and Sam Thorne), Cac la Synagogue de Delme, Delme, France
4 days April 2013 (curated by Jamie Eastman), Arnolfini, Bristol, UK
Things Behind the Sun, Non, Istanbul, Turkey
Lexicon (curated by Lennard Dost), VHDG, Leeuwarden, Netherlands Word. Sound. Power, Tate Modern (curated by Loren Hansi Momodu), London, UK
The String and the Mirror (curated by by Justin Luke), Lisa Cooley Gallery, New York, USA

Desire Lines, Espai Cultural de Caja Madrid, Barcelona, Spain
Taipei Biennial (curated by Anselm Franke), Taipei, Taiwan
How Much Fascism? (curated by What, How & For Whom/WHW), Extra City Kunsthal, Antwerp, Belgium
Soundworks, ICA, London, UK
Alternativa 2012: Materiality (curated by Aneta Szy- Lak), Wyspa Institute of Art, Gdansk, Poland

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Amman Country of birth: Jordan Date of birth: 1985 Lives in: Beirut, Lebanon
W: Lawrence Abu Hamdan M: lawrenceabuhamdan@gmail.com