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Arts and Performance

Light Work’s Urban Video Project presents ‘Lawrence Abu Hamdan: Walled Unwalled’

February 13, 2020March 28, 2020

401 Harrison Street, Syracuse ,NY

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Light Work’s Urban Video Project (UVP) presents Walled Unwalled, an exhibition by 2019 Turner Prize recipient Lawrence Abu Hamdan. The work is on view at UVP’s outdoor projection site on the north facade of the Everson Museum of Art, 401 Harrison Street, February 13 – March 28, 2020, Thursdays through Saturdays, from dusk until 11 p.m.

Lawrence Abu Hamdan: Walled Unwalled
2018 | Total Run Time: 21:00
In our solid, everyday world, the invisible surrounds us. Heat waves, sound waves, radio waves, tiny particles called muons—they seep through walls carrying information that used to surveil, to exonerate, or to incriminate. They can even become weapons. Walled Unwalled comprises an interlinking series of narratives that derive from legal cases whose evidence individuals heard or experienced through walls or doors, bleeding through these seemingly impermeable barriers.

Lawrence Abu Hamdan (b.1985, Jordan) is an artist and audio investigator based in Beirut, Lebanon. His background as a touring musician led him to develop a deep interest in sound and its intersection with politics, which he now includes in his practice. His audio investigations have been used as evidence at the UK Asylum and Immigration Tribunal and for advocacy by organizations such as Amnesty International and Defense for Children International. The artist is affiliated with the Forensic Architecture Department at Goldsmiths College London, where he received his PhD in 2017.

In 2019, Abu Hamdan was among three finalist nominees for Britain’s most prestigious award in the visual arts, the Turner Prize. The three finalists mutually assessed one another’s work as very different but equally important politically, and together they petitioned the award committee, in the name of “commonality, multiplicity and solidarity,” not to select a single winner. The committee accepted this request awarded the 2019 Turner Prize jointly to all three finalists for the first time ever.

This event is co-presented with the Syracuse University School of Architecture; College of Visual and Performing Arts Department of Transmedia;  S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and the Television, Radio & Film department in Newhouse; Dan Pacheco, the Peter A. Horvitz Endowed Chair in Journalism Innovation at Newhouse; and The Canary Lab at Syracuse University.

It was made possible through the generous support of the Syracuse University Humanities Center as part of the official program for Syracuse Symposium 2019-20: Silence.

This event was published on February 25, 2020.


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