Artist: Lawrence Abu Hamdan
Venue: Maureen Paley, London
Date: December 9, 2020 – January 31, 2021
Full gallery of photographs, press launch and hyperlink accessible after the leap.
Images courtesy of Maureen Paley, London
Maureen Paley is happy to current the second solo exhibition at the gallery by Lawrence Abu Hamdan. The exhibition will embody a newly realised set up of the video work Once Removed (2019) which was first proven in Sharjah Biennial 14, UAE (2019) (commissioned by Sharjah Art Foundation) and was additionally included within the Biennale of Sydney, Australia earlier this yr. This is the primary time it is going to be proven within the UK. As effectively, we’ll current items from his most up-to-date undertaking, For the_ Otherwise Unaccounted_ (2020) that consists of a sequence of thermographic prints which examine the thought of birthmarks comparable to reincarnation. This exhibition presents the primary iterations of a brand new physique of labor he’s creating that investigates reincarnation, not as a scientific reality, however as a medium for justice.
Once Removed, 2019
HD video, color, sound, 28 minutes
This dual-channel video set up is a portrait of Bassel Abi Chahine, a 31-year-old author and historian who has managed to acquire probably the most complete stock of extraordinarily uncommon objects, pictures and interviews of the People Liberation Army (PLA) and Progressive Socialist Party (PSP) militia from the Lebanese civil warfare. His obsessive evaluation, assortment and unprecedented analysis into this one militia was performed in pursuit of fabric to reconstitute flashbacks and unexplainable recollections from a earlier life. Through his analysis, Abi Chahine realised that his personal lucid recollections of a warfare he had not lived have been as a result of he was the reincarnation of a soldier Yousef Fouad Al Jawhary, who died aged 16 on February 26, 1984, within the city of Aley. The scenography of the movie makes an attempt to ascertain the situations to hearken to a brand new class of witness, one that’s but to be accepted into the manufacturing of historical past.
For the Otherwise Unaccounted, 2020
17 A3 Thermographic prints
In 1997 the psychiatrist and professor at Virginia School of Medicine, Dr Ian Stevenson printed his life work, “REINCARNATION AND BIOLOGY: The Etiology of Birthmarks”. The e book was the results of fieldwork in Asia, Turkey, Lebanon, throughout Africa and Alaska, during which he interviewed and investigated claims of reincarnation with specific consideration to the correspondence of birthmarks on the reincarnated topic to the circumstances of their demise of their earlier lives. Stevenson’s e book is a wierd and exquisite mixture of narrative literature, forensic evaluation, organic knowledge, historiography, theology and conflicting scientific hypotheses. In specializing in the declare to reincarnation somewhat than the ethnography of a single folks, Stevenson’s monologue chronicles a collectivity of people that exist at the edge of the legislation and for whom injustices and violence have in any other case escaped the historic document on account of colonial subjugation, corruption, rural lawlessness and authorized amnesty. The raised ink renderings of those birthmarks spotlight the methods during which testimony is saved within the physique. This work isolates the birthmarks from their our bodies, and on this method archives the one surviving remnants of historic erasure, reminiscent of compelled non secular conversions, destruction of language and property, colonial occupation and territorial annexation.
Lawrence Abu Hamdan has a dedicated curiosity in sound and its intersection with politics. This originates from his background as a touring musician and his earlier work in DIY music manufacturing. His more moderen audio investigations have been used (together with informing his artwork) as proof at the UK Asylum and Immigration Tribunal and as advocacy for organisations reminiscent of Amnesty International and Defence for Children International along with fellow researchers from Forensic Architecture.
He accomplished his PhD at Goldsmiths, University of London in 2017 and is at the moment a fellow at the Gray Centre for Arts and Inquiry at the University of Chicago. In 2019, he fashioned a collective with fellow Turner Prize nominees Helen Cammock, Oscar Murillo and Tai Shani as a way to be collectively granted this award. This is the primary time such a gesture has occurred. His solo exhibition at Vienna Secession will open in December this yr.
Lawrence Abu Hamdan has had solo exhibitions at Jameel Arts Centre, Dubai, UAE, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, St Louis, Missouri, USA and the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia, Witte De With, Rotterdam and Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin, 2019; Tate Tanks at Tate Modern, London, UK, Chisenhale Gallery, London, UK and Hammer Museum (Vault Project), Los Angeles, USA, 2018, in addition to daadgalerie, Berlin, Germany, 2018 following his participation within the DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program in 2017. He has additionally had solo exhibitions at Portikus, Frankfurt, 2016; Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen, Switzerland, 2015, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Netherlands, 2014 and The Showroom, London and Casco, Utrecht, Netherlands in 2012. He has additionally exhibited at the 58th Venice Biennale ‘May You Live in Interesting Times’ chosen by Ralph Rugoff, the eleventh Gwangju Biennale and the thirteenth and 14th Sharjah Biennial. This yr, Abu Hamdan was awarded the 2022 Future Fields Commission in Time-Based Media, The Jean Vigo Award for Best Director, Punto de Vista 2020 and the German Federal Foreign Office Dialogue Award at the thirty third European Media Art Festival. His different awards embody the 2019 Edvard Munch Art Award, the 2018 Baloise Art Prize, the 2017 Tiger quick movie award at the Rotterdam International Film competition and the 2016 Nam June Paik Award for brand spanking new media. His works are a part of collections at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Netherlands, Centre Pompidou, Paris, the Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah, UAE, and Tate, London, UK.
A solo publication [Inaudible] – A Politics of Listening in 4 Acts was co-published by Portikus, Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen and Sternberg Press in 2016. Lawrence Abu Hamdan: The Voice Before the Law was printed in 2019 on the event of his exhibition at Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin. This yr, the Jameel Arts Centre produced the publication Artist’s Rooms: Lawrence Abu Hamdan to accompany his solo exhibition.