Lawrence Abu Hamdan

World banks + hidden zones in Manipulate the World – Connecting Öyvind Fahlström group show, Oct 19 – Jan 21

19 October 2017
The Manipulate the World – Connecting Öyvind Fahlström group exhibition is on at Stockholm’s Moderna Museet, opening October 19 and running to January 21.
Curated by Fredrik Liew with Goldin + Senneby, the show includes work by 28 artists including Lawrence Abu HamdanHarun FarockiCandice LinJonas Staal, Hito Steyerl, Öyvind FahlströmSondra Perry and Pratchaya Phinthong, among others.
Over two floors of the large museum, works that both “explore and challenge Öyvind Fahlström’s ideas on manipulation and theatricality” will fill the space and be in conversation with each other. This also includes four pieces by Fahlström including a series of paintings Is the world a playing field? (1960’s)large installation The theatrical in motion (1964-66) video ‘Actions in public space between the levels’ (1966) and large sculpture ‘World Bank as the centre of a hidden zone’ (1971).
 Visit the Moderna Museet website for details.**
Öyvind Fahlström, ‘World Bank’ (1971) Installation view. courtesy the artist + Sidney Janis Gallery, New York.
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Imperfect Chronology @ Whitechapel Gallery, Aug 23 – Jan 8

22 August 2016

The Imperfect Chronology: Mapping the Contemporary II group exhibition is on at London’s Whitechapel Gallery, opening August 23 and running to January 8.

The exhibition features work by Sophia Al-MariaLawrence Abu HamdanEtel AdnanMarwa Arsanios, Ali Cherri, Manal Al Dowayan, Sadik Al FrajiSusan HefunaZineb SediraIman Issa, Jumana Manna, and GCC.

The works are drawn from the Barjeel Art Foundation collection of modern and contemporary Arab art, and the final display of a year-long series at the Whitechapel will focus on the theme of what the press release calls ‘mapping geographies’ which examines “the notion of statehood and exploring how artists engage with the rapidly expanding cities of the Arab region.”

Visit the Whitechapel Gallery website for more details.**

Lawrence Abu Hamdan, The All Hearing, 2014. Video, 12:42 minutes. Image courtesy Galeri NON and Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah
Lawrence Abu Hamdan, ‘The All Hearing’ (2014). Video, 12:42 minutes. Image courtesy Galeri NON + Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah.
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Nervous Systems @ HKW, March 10 – May 9

9 March 2016

The Nervous Systems group show is on at Berlin’s Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW), opening March 10 and running May 9.

Hosted in collaboration with Tactical Technology Collective, the exhibition includes an interesting mix of work by the likes of Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Harun Farocki, Jon RafmanAram Bartholl, Douglas Huebler, Privacy International and Share Lab. The aim here is to examine and showcase a range of reflections on our quantified society and on the processes of self-quantification.

Nervous Systems also calls for an interesting reinterpretation of early conceptual art’s concern with quantification, its “aesthetics of bureaucracy,” and the deconstruction of the self in light of current data- collection.

A live installation —conceived by Tactical Tech —offers an active space in which visitors can explore their own digital traces. Do you want to know what it looks like? Is visualising these questions in an art show also a form of quantifying?

See the HKW exhibition page for more details.**

Douglas Huebler, Variable Piece #70 (1975). Courtesy the artist.
Douglas Huebler, ‘Variable Piece #70’ (1975). Courtesy the artist.
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Events + exhibitions, Apr 20 – 26

21 April 2015

Art Brussels is on in Belgium on the week beginning April 20, with a couple events of interest surrounding the art fair, including a group exhibition at Galerie Albert Baronian.  There’s a show on at Oslo10 in Switzerland with an installation by Agatha Valkyrie Ice and a performance by DJ HVAD and the first Swimming Pool Projects exhibition, including Stefania Batoeva, Emanuel Röhss and Yves Scherer, is on in Sofia, Bulgaria.

In Berlin, Janus are putting on a show at Berghain’s Panorama Bar and David Ostrowski is presenting a special commission for 032c Workshop, while Britta Thie is opening her Translantics exhibition/ web series with a performance with Dan Bodan in Frankfurt.

In London, Jupiter Woods continues its at continental margins (propositions) programme with presentations by Lawrence Abu Hamdan and Emily Jones, David Douard is showing at Union Pacific and Erica Scourti, Hannah Black and Aisha Abid Hussuan are among the artists screening work at the April Salon commemorating 40 years of the Feminist Library.

There’s more so see below:


Wade Shepard @ Waterstones, Apr 20

Emily Sundblad @ The Kitchen, Apr 23 – 25

FW>> @ Dance Tunnel, Apr 23

The n+1 Labor and Letters Symposium @ The Bell House, Apr 23

Dear White People @ Stratford East Picturehouse, Apr 23

Lawrence Abu Hamdan @ Jupiter Woods, Apr 23

David Ostrowski @ SOCIÉTÉ DE 032c bar night, Apr 24

Janus @ Panorama Bar, Apr 24

Art Brussels Apr 24 – 27

I Trust This Program @ Apiary Studios, Apr 24

Lawrence Lek @ Royal Academy of Arts, Apr 24

Welcome to Ai Crib! @ Oslo10, Apr 25

Harold Offeh @ The Cock Tavern, Apr 25

Crimes of the Future @ The Yard, Apr 25

Steven Baelen @ Levy Delval, Apr 23

Vimeodrome @ The Interview Room, Apr 25

Dorine van Meel @ DRAF, Apr 25

The Male Gaze: Women on Screen @ The Feminist Library, Apr 25

Readings @ Ladette Space, Apr 25

Britta Thie + Dan Bodan @ Schirn Kunsthalle, Apr 25

Emily Jones @ Jupiter Woods, Apr 25


Looks @ ICA, Apr 22 – Jun 21

Zak Kitnick @ C L E A R I N G, Apr 22 – Jun 13

Jala Wahid + Nicole Morris @ Artyč, Apr 22 – May 22

Astrid Nippoldt @ The Gallery Apart, Apr 23 – Jun 13

Mike Goldby @ monCHERI, Apr 23 – Jun 6

Dimension(s) Variable @ The Waiting Room., Apr 23 – May 15

David Douard @ Union Pacific, Apr 23 – May 23

Bea Fremderman @ Aran Cravey, Apr 23 – Jun 13

To blow smoke in order to heal @ Albert Baronian, Apr 24 – May 30

MATERIAL @ Johann König, Apr 24 – Jun 27

Charlie Godet Thomas @ Cactus, Apr 24 – May 17

Mitra Saboury @ Smart Objects, Apr 24 – May 22

Josh Bitelli @, Apr 24 – May 15

Gery Georgieva @ Res. Apr 24 – May 9

Barbara Visser @ Kunstraum, Apr 24 – Jun 13

Beyond the Interface @ Furtherfield Gallery, Apr 24 – Jun 21

Sofia Leiby @ Levy Delval, Apr 23 – May 23

Balconia @ Swimmming Pool Projects, Apr 25 – May 31


See here for exhibitions opening last week.

Header image: at continental margins (propositions) (2015) @ Jupiter Woods.

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