Lawrence Abu Hamdan

2022 Exhibition Artist

Lawrence Abu Hamdan (born in 1985, Amman, Jordan) is a “Private Ear.” His interest in sound and politics originates from his background as a touring musician and facilitator of DIY music. The artist’s audio investigations have been used as evidence at the UK Asylum and Immigration Tribunal and as advocacy for organizations such as Amnesty International. Lawrence has exhibited at the 58th Venice Biennale (2019); the 11th Gwangju Biennale (2016); the 13th and 14th Sharjah Biennial (2017 and 2019); and Tate Modern, London, UK. As part of a temporary collective with nominated artists Helen Cammock, Oscar Murillo and Tai Shani, he was awarded the 2019 Turner Prize.

Exhibit #42

Lawrence Abu Hamdan at Mercer Union

45th Parallel (2022) focuses on the Haskell Free Library and Opera House—a unique municipal site between the jurisdictions of Canada and the United States. Constructed in 1904 under the patronage of the local Haskell family, this building was deliberately designed to straddle the frontier between Canada and the US as a symbolic act of unity […]

date and time

March 26 – June 5, 2022

Donors & Supporters

Maureen Paley
The Ford Foundation



Artist Talk: Lawrence Abu Hamdan with Tina Sherwell

2022 Biennial artist Lawrence Abu Hamdan is joined by art historian Tina Sherwell for a conversation in connection with the film and exhibition 45th Parallel by Abu Hamdan. In this context, they discuss the challenge and opportunity of creating work across borders. This program is presented in partnership with Mercer Union as part of fORUM, […]

date and time

May 5

11:00am – 12:00pm