Lawrence Abu Hamdan wins 2016 Nam June Paik Prize

October 28th, 2016

Lawrence Abu Hamdan has won the 2016 Nam June Paik Prize, given each year by the Museum Folkwang in Essen, Germany.  Abu Hamdan’s work investigated the shooting of Palestinian teenagers by the Israeli army, and the attempts by soldiers to cover up the noise of the killings.  “In his installation [earshot] he has created an open space in which we can focus with precision on his subject, its means of representation and on our own role as viewers,” the jury wrote in a statement. “The topic of the representation of violence is of great contemporary relevance, and the artist encourages us to debate key moral issues in a different way.”

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