Lawrence Abu Hamdan awarded the 2018 Abraaj Group Art Prize
This year in its tenth edition, the prestigious prize — recognizing the work of artists from the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia — was awarded to the Beirut-based artist Lawrence Abu Hamdan. (B . 1985 in Jordan) Following in the footsteps of artists Rana Begum, Basel Abbas & Ruanne Abou-Rahme and Yto Barrada, Abu Hamdan will receive a $100,000 cash prize to fund the production of a “dream project”, which will be revealed during the upcoming edition of Art Dubai. (March 21-24, 2018)
Works by the other three shortlisted artists — Basma Alsharif, Neil Beloufa and Ali Cherri — will also be on view as part of the exhibition, organized during Art Dubai and curated by Myriam Ben Salah. “Although their practices are very different, they share a certain number of interests and interrogations which I look forward to exploring while working with them on the exhibition”, explained the curator.
Represented by Mor Charpentier and Maureen Paley, the artist has said “The Prize allows me to produce and conceive a work using materials and technologies previously unavailable to me, and in doing so enables me to deepen my exploration of the most contemporary ways of seeing and hearing our world”.
The work of Lawrence Abu Hamdan is currently on show at Stockholm’s Moderna Museet as part of the exhibition “Manipulate The World”.
Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Saydnaya (ray traces), 2017 Inkjet prints on acetate sheets on overhead projectors exhibition view © Lawrence Abu Hamdan, courtesy Maureen Paley, London
Neil Beloufa, Néolibéral, Galerie Balice Hertling, 2015. Photo Courtesy Aurélien Mole
Basma Alsharif, Ouroboros, 2017, Film Still. Courtesy the Artist and Galerie Imane Farès
Ali Cherri, The Digger, 2015. Film HD - 24minutes. Courtesy the artist and Galerie Imane Farès, Paris