Lawrence Abu Hamdan
The SFU School for the Contemporary Arts and SFU Galleries are pleased to welcome Lawrence Abu Hamdan as the 2021 Fall Audain Visual Artist in Residence.
Lawrence Abu Hamdan is best known for investigating the politics of sound, whether that be “ear witness” accounts gathered from prisoners tortured at Syria’s Saydnaya prison under Assad’s regime, or critiques of the use of accent tests to validate asylum claims in Europe. Through works of video, sculpture, performance, and installation, Abu Hamdan persistently interrogates the interpretive limits and truth claims of audio information. He studies how sound roots itself in memory, how it is inseparable from vision, and ultimately, as the artist states, how it is uncontainable: “part of the messiness of the world.”
During his time in Vancouver Abu Hamdan will present NATQ: A Live Audiovisual Essay a free public performance in the form of a live audiovisual essay. He will present a solo exhibition For the Otherwise Unaccounted at the Audain Gallery. Together with SFU professor Sabine Bitter, Abu Hamdan will lead a seminar and conduct studio visits with students at the School for the Contemporary Arts.
Exhibition: For the Otherwise Unaccounted
October 14 – December 4, 2021
Artist Talk/Performance: NATQ: A Live Audiovisual Essay
Wednesday, October 13, 6:00 PM
Fei and Milton Wong Experimental Theatre
Lawrence Abu Hamdan is currently based in Dubai. He holds a PhD from Goldsmiths College University of London and was a fellow at the Gray Centre for Arts and Inquiry at the University of Chicago, and the Vera List Centre for Art and Politics at the New School (New York). Abu Hamdan has exhibited his work at the 58th Venice Biennale, the 11th Gwanju Biennale, and the 13th and 14th Sharjah Biennial, as well as at the Witte De With (Rotterdam), Tate Modern Tanks (London), Chisenhale Gallery (London), Hammer Museum (Los Angeles), Portikus (Frankfurt), The Showroom (London), and Casco Art Institute (Utrecht). Abu Hamdan was awarded the 2019 Edvard Munch Art Award, the 2016 Nam June Paik Award for new media, and in 2017 his film Rubber Coated Steel won the Tiger short film award at the Rotterdam International Film Festival. For the 2019 Turner Prize, Abu Hamdan, together with nominated artists Helen Cammock, Oscar Murillo, and Tai Shani, formed a temporary collective in order to be jointly granted the award.
Video & interview: Joseph Malbon