Presentation in Spain of the live audiovisual essay, performed by the artist and audio researcher Lawrence Abu Hamdan (Turner Prize 2019) and featuring the voice of Bassel Abi Chahine.
In Arabic, natq – meaning “to vocalise” – is also the word used to describe speech that has transmigrated from the dead to the living. In this performance, Lawrence Abu Hamdan examines the politics of listening to reincarnated testimonies: eyewitness accounts that can attest to prolonged, ongoing instances of crime that filter down the generations and threaten the future.
Duration: approx. 45 min.
Lawrence Abu Hamdan. An artist and audio researcher describing himself as a “private ear” who listens with and on behalf of people affected by corporate, state and environmental violence. Abu Hamdan’s work has been presented in the form of forensic reports, lectures and live performances, films, publications and exhibitions around the world. He received his PhD in 2017 and has been a fellow and lecturer at the University of Chicago, the New School in New York and, most recently, at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, where he is developing his research AirPressure.info.
Abu Hamdan’s sound research has been used as evidence in the UK Asylum and Immigration Tribunal and has been a key part of advocacy campaigns by organisations such as Amnesty International, Defence for Children International and Forensic Architecture. His projects, which reflect on the political and cultural context of sound and listening, have been presented at the 22nd Biennale of Sydney, the 58th Venice Biennale, the 11th Gwangju Biennale, the 13th and 14th editions of the Sharjah Biennial, the Witte De With in Rotterdam, the Tanks at Tate Modern, the Chisenhale Gallery, the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles and the Portikus in Frankfurt. These works are in the collections of the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, MoMA, the Guggenheim, the Hamburger Bahnhof, the Van Abbemuseum, the Centre Pompidou and the Tate Modern. Abu Hamdan has been awarded the Toronto Biennale Audience Prize for 2020, 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 International Film Festival Rotterdam. For the Turner Prize 2019, Abu Hamdan, together with nominated artists Helen Cammock, Oscar Murillo and Tai Shani, formed a temporary collective to be jointly awarded the prize.
Acknowledgements: Sharjah Architecture Triennial, for its initial support of the performance presentation.
MoMA – Walled Unwalled and Other Monologues (curated by Ana Janevski, Erica Papernik and May Makki) for their support in the development of the show.
Credits: Caline Matar and Mohamad A. Gawad.
An activity developed by La Casa Encendida in collaboration with Hangar and La Virreina.