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lawrence abu hamdan

lawrence abu hamdan is an artist, ’private ear’, and currently a fellow at the vera list center, center for art and politics politics at the at the new school, nyc.  his projects have taken the form of audiovisual installations, performances, photography, islamic sermons, cassette tape compositions, potato chip packets, essays, and lectures. 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 for human rights groups including defence for children international and amnesty international. his solo exhibitions include, earshot at portikus frankfurt (2016), تقيّة (taqiyya) at kunsthalle st gallen (2015); tape echo (2013/14) at beirut in cairo, and at van abbemuseum, eindhoven; the freedom of speech itself (2012) at the showroom, london; and the whole truth (2012) at casco, utrecht. additionally his works have been exhibited and performed at the new museum triennial (2015), the shanghai biennial (2014), and at the the whitechapel gallery, the macba barcelona, tate modern london, museu d’art contemporani de barcelona (macba), and the museum of modern art antwerp (muhka) antwerp. his works are part of collections at moma new york, van abbemuseum eindhoven and the arts council, england.

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