Lawrence Abu Hamdan has won the 2018 Abraaj Group Art Prize that recognizes artists from the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia. The Amman born artist who currently lives and works in Beirut has produced an interesting series of sound and installation artwork.
Hamdan’s interest with sound and its intersection with politics originate from his background in DIY music. His passion has also lead him to conduct audio analyses for legal investigations in the UK and obtain a PhD in Forensic Architecture from Goldsmiths College, London.
The prize does come with a $100,000 cheque but for Hamdan it is another in a long list of accolades. His works are part of collections at MoMA, New York, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Centre Pompidou, Paris and the Arts Council England Hamdan's winning entry will be displayed at Art Dubai in March next year.