On the occasion of Lawrence Abu Hamdan´s solo exhibition The Voice Before the Law at Hamburger Bahnhof, the winner of the 2018 Baloise Art Prize will elaborate together with Haytham El-Wardany on their research interests and the politics of speaking.
Lawrence Abu Hamdan (born in Amman, Jordan), who describes himself as a “Private Ear”, is currently living in Beirut, Lebanon. His work explores the politics of listening. The artist’s interest in sound and its intersection with politics originate from his background as a touring musician and facilitator of DIY music. In 2017 Abu Hamdan received his PhD in Research Architecture from Goldsmiths, University of London and in the same year he was a DAAD fellow in Berlin.
Haytham El-Wardany is a writer (born in Cairo, Egypt) living in Berlin. His most recent work is The Book of Sleep, published by Alkarma, Cairo 2017 and in 2013 he published How to Disappear in the Kayfa ta (How to) Arabic publishing initiative. The book focuses on the nature of listening and attempts to explore the potentialities of passive activities. He currently is interested in the legacy of ancient fables and speaking animals as political creatures.