Lawrence Abu Hamdan (1985 Amman, Jordan/Lebanon) is the recipient of the 2018 Abraaj Group Art Prize, which will celebrate its 10th anniversary at Art Dubai. Lawrence’s winning work, alongside that of shortlisted artists Basma Alsharif, Neil Beloufa and Ali Cherri, will be unveiled at the fair in March.
Lawrence Abu Hamdan is an artist working in, quoting his official bio in his website, “audiovisual installations, performances, graphic works, photography, Islamic sermons, cassette tape compositions, potato chip packets, essays, and lectures“. His work “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 “تقيه (taqiyya)” at Kunsthalle St Gallen (2015), “Tape Echo” (2013) at Beirut in Cairo and Van AbbeMuseum, Eindhoven, “The F2reedom Of Speech Itself” (2012) at Showroom, London, “The Whole Truth (2012) at Casco, Utrecht.
- Lawrence Abu Hamdan. Photo: Courtesy Nam June Paik Foundation