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Contra Diction. Speech Against Itself

What techniques do we use when we navigate between the human voice, governmental law and the concept of justice in the technosphere? In a live audio essay, artist Lawrence Abu Hamdan explores the concept of taqiyya – a term from Islamic jurisprudence that allows a believing individual to deny their faith or commit otherwise illegal acts while they are at risk of persecution or in a condition of statelessness.

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Lawrence Abu Hamdan

Forensic Architecture / Goldsmiths, University of London

Lawrence Abu Hamdan is an artist, "private ear" and currently a fellow at the Vera list center for Art and politics at the New School, NYC. His audio investigations have been submitted as evidence in the UK immigration and asylum tribunal and most recently his work was part of the No More Forgotten Lives campaign for Defence for Children International. The artist’s forensic audio investigations are conducted as part of his research for Forensic Architecture at Goldsmiths, London, where he is also a PhD candidate. His solo exhibitions include, Earshot at Portikus Frankfurt (2016), تقيه (taqiyya) at Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen (2015), Tape Echo at Beirut in Cairo and Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Netherlands (2013).