Private Project

Walled Unwalled

In the haunting Walled Unwalled the artist and self-described "private ear" Lawrence Abu Hamdan recounts three different stories related to walls, alongside their concomitant social, legal, and psychological ramifications.

  • Lawrence Abu Hamdan
    Rubber Coated Steel
  • Lawrence Abu Hamdan
    Rubber Coated Steel
  • Jarred Alterman
    The Proposal
  • Lawrence Abu Hamdan
    Key Cast
  • Jarred Alterman
    The Proposal, Bisbee '17
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental
  • Genres:
    Art, Documentary
  • Runtime:
    21 minutes
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  • Country of Filming:
  • Language:
    Arabic, English
  • Shooting Format:
    4K Digital
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Toronto International Film Festival
    International Premiere
  • New York Film Festival
  • Tate Modern
  • IFFR
  • True/False
  • Documenta Madrid
  • IndieLisboa
  • Bienalle
  • Karlovy Vary
  • Dokufest
Director Biography - Lawrence Abu Hamdan

Lawrence Abu Hamdan is an artist and audio investigator. Abu Hamdan’s interest with sound and its intersection with politics originate from his background as a touring musician and facilitator of DIY music. The artists audio investigations has been used as evidence at the UK Asylum and Immigration Tribunal and as
advocacy for organizations such as Amnesty International and Defense for Children International. The artist’s forensic audio investigations are conducted as part of his research for Forensic Architecture-at Goldsmiths College London where he received his PhD in 2017. Abu Hamdan is the author of the artist book[inaudible] : A politics of listening in 4 acts.
Abu Hamdan was the recipient of the 2018 Abraaj group art prize, his filmRubber Coated Steel2016 won the Tiger short film award at the Rotterdam International Film festival 2017 and his exhibition Earshot at Portikus Frankfurt (2016) won him the 2016 Nam June Paik Award for new media. Abu Hamdan was 2017/2018 guest of the DAAD Kunstler Program in Berlin and the 2015-17 fellow at the Vera List Centre for Art and Politics at the New School
in New York. His solo exhibitions include Hammer Museum L.A (2018), Portikus Frankfurt (2016), Kunsthalle St Gallen (2015), Beirut in Cairo (2013), The Showroom, London (2012), Casco, Utrecht (2012).His works are part of collections at MoMA, Guggenheim, Van
AbbeMuseum, Centre Pompidou and Tate Modern.

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Director Statement

No wall on earth is impermeable. Today, we're all wall, and no wall at all.