Goldsmiths, University of London PhD graduate and Forensic Architecture Research Fellow Lawrence Abu Hamdan has been shortlisted for the Turner Prize 2019.
His nomination follows Goldsmiths-based research agency Forensic Architecture’s 2018 selection for exhibitions demonstrating innovative methods of sourcing and visualising evidence relating to global human rights abuses.
Eight Goldsmiths graduates or members of staff have been named Turner Prize winners since the award was launched in 1984, including Damien Hirst, Antony Gormley and last year’s winner Charlotte Prodger.
Abu Hamdan is a London-based artist and researcher who completed his MA and PhD in Research Architecture within the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths in 2017. As a self-proclaimed ‘private ear’ he explores the legal status of the voice through audio investigations.
The Turner Prize nomination is for the solo exhibition Earwitness Theatre at Chisenhale, the video installation Walled Unwalled and the performance After SFX at Tate Modern, London.
His work for Forensic Architecture has been used as evidence at the UK Asylum and Immigration Tribunal and as advocacy for organisations such as Amnesty International and Defence for Children International.
Solo exhibitions include The Freedom of Speech Itself (2012) at The Showroom, London, Aural Contract: The Whole Truth (2012) at Casco, Utrecht, and Tape Echo (2013) at Beirut in Cairo. He is the winner of numerous art and film prizes, including the Tiger short film award at the Rotterdam International Film Festival 2017.
(Walled Unwalled at Tate Modern, 2018)
The Prize jury was struck by Abu Hamdan’s exploration of sound as an architectural element and the way he recreates particular situations through sound and performance.
He has been shortlisted alongside Tai Shani, Helen Cammock and Oscar Murillo. Their works will feature in an exhibition at Turner Contemporary, Margate, and the winner announced at an awards ceremony on 3 December 2019.
Forensic Architecture is based in the Department of Visual Cultures. MA Research Architecture students can choose to specialise with a studio placement with the Research Architecture Studio or Forensic Architecture Studio.