For his second solo exhibition at mor charpentier, Lebanese-British artist Lawrence Abu Hamdan continues his research on sound as legal evidence, focusing on the unbreakable relationship between testimony and the technology used to record it. Taking the Nuremberg trials (1945-1946) as a starting point, the three works presented on the two levels of the gallery question the workings of the legal machine and the very notion of testimony, highlighting the dissonance of language and speech.
Lawrence Abu Hamdan investigates the political and social implications of sound through the production of audio and narrative documentaries, audio-visual installations, videos, sculptures, photographs, workshops and performances. The artist's interest in sound and its intersection with politics stems from his background as a musician and his experiences in DIY music. His acoustic investigations have been used as evidence at the UK Asylum and Immigration Tribunal and as advocacy for organizations such as Amnesty International and Defence for Children International, in collaboration with researchers from the Forensic Architecture collective. Lawrence Abu Hamdan received his PhD in 2017 from Goldsmiths College, University of London, as well as fellowships at the Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry at the University of Chicago and the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at the New School, New York.
Based in Paris since 2010, mor carpenter represents both emerging and established artists whose conceptual practices are rooted in social, historical and political realities in multiple and contrasting geographical areas. By promoting engaged practices, the gallery aims to broaden the spectrum of knowledge about the crucial debates of the present.
The inaugural exhibition with Colombian artist Oscar Muñoz filled a gap in visibility in the French art scene, and set the tone for a content-focused program that seeks to broaden the spectrum of debate and questioning on key issues of our time. Since then, a growing number of major international artists have joined the gallery. Coming from different international backgrounds and generations, they all share a commitment to political, social, societal and symbolic causes.
Among them, to name a few, are Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Teresa Margolles, Chen Ching-Yuan, Liliana Porter, Bouchra Khalili, Carlos Motta, Saâdane Afif and Hajra Waheed. Equal gender representation and the promotion of diversity are also part of the gallery's objectives, with half of the artists represented being women.
In 2021, mor carpenter opened a second exhibition space in Bogotá. This expansion was motivated by the desire to expand the reach of the gallery's program to new audiences as well as to respond to the artists' desire to explore new territories. It consolidates a long-term link with the Latin American art scene and confirms the gallery's international projection.
Lawrence Abu Hamdan • Saâdane Afif • Lara Almarcegui • Alexander Apóstol • Edgardo Argón • Julieta Aranda • Marwa Arsanios • Kader Attia • Bianca Bondi • Rossella Biscotti • Milena Bonilla • Fredi Casco • Daniel Correa Mejía • Chen Ching-Yuan • Cevdet Erek • Voluspa Jarpa • Teresa Margolles • Enzo Mianes • Carlos Motta • Oscar Munoz • Yoshua Okón • Uriel Orlow • Liliana Porter • Charwei Tsai