Lawrence Abu Hamdan - Winner of 2018
The video and sound installation The Shouting Valley from Lawrence Abu Hamdan is a compelling presentation of a concrete situation: the transgression of the border between Syria and Israel by a group of Palestinians in the region of the Golan Heights on 15 May 2011. The acoustic phenomenon of wandering, amplified voices is indebted to the topography of the valley and lends the work its title. The work itself invokes a larger geopolitical context. The montage of cell phone footage and audio recordings, of the kind regularly used by the media in conjunction with eyewitness reports, generates an apprehensiveness and uncertainty that deeply affects the viewer. The way in which this work combines topographical situation, politically defined borders and concrete infringement of the borders generates a fascinating, interrelated whole. Sound, as the overall, cohesive element, contributes substantially to the urgency of this artist‘s work.