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Walled Unwalled

Walled Unwalled

Lawrence Abu Hamdan
  • Germany
  • 21"
  • 2018


The artist Lawrence Abu Hamdam creates a sound essay on the very timely concept of the wall. With ties to research by the Forensic Architecture group, his empirical and artistic demonstrations are staged in order to research these imposed borders, from their violence to their permeability, and reflect on human rights.

Festivals and awards

DocumentaMadrid (2019)

New York Film Festival (2018)

Toronto International Film Festival (2018)

International Film Festival Rotterdam (2018)

True/False Film Festival (2018)

Lawrence Abu Hamdan

He is an artist and audio investigator. Abu Hamdan’s interest in sound and its intersection with politics originate 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 for advocacy by organisations such as Amnesty International and Defence for Children International. The artist’s forensic audio investigations are conducted as part of his research in Forensic Architecture at Goldsmiths College London where he received his PhD in 2017. Abu Hamdan is the author of the artist book [inaudible]: A politics of listening in 4 acts.


Abu Hamdan was the recipient of the 2018 Abraaj group art prize, his film Rubber Coated Steel (2016) won the Tiger short film award at the Rotterdam International Film festival (2017).

Director: Lawrence Abu Hamdan
Screenplay: Lawrence Abu Hamdan
Cinematography: Jarred Alterman
Editing: Jarred Alterman
Sound: Shakeeb Abu Hamdan
Production: Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Jarred Alterman

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