Lawrence Abu Hamdan. Photo: Eric T. White.

Lawrence Abu Hamdan Wins $100,000 Abraaj Group Art Prize

Artist Lawrence Abu Hamdan has won the 2018 Abraaj Group Art Prize, worth $100,000, writes Aimee Dawson of the Art Newspaper. The Jordanian-British artist, who currently lives and works in Beirut, will use the funds to create a new artwork for the Art Dubai fair, scheduled to run from March 21 until March 24, 2018. The artists shortlisted for the prize—Basma Alsharif, Ali Cherri, and Neïl Beloufa—will each receive $10,000. The curator Myriam Ben Salah is putting together a show for the fair that will include all four of the artists’ works.

Artforum contributor Daniel Horn reviewed Abu Hamdan’s exhibition at the Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen for the magazine’s November 2015 issue. Of the show, which focused on issues of identity, power, and surveillance, among other topics, Horn said, “Abu Hamdan’s treatment of governmental communication devices and schemata corrupts them, making them register and transmit the dissonances they’re designed to optimize, streamline, administer, and discipline.”