Lawrence Abu Hamdan, 'Once Removed' Screening and Q&A
Date(s) - 01/25/2021
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
The Blake Society
Join us for a virtual screening and Q&A with Turner Prize winning artist, Lawrence Abu Hamdan. Abu Hamdan’s work centres around the intersection between sound and politics. Describing himself as an “earwitness investigator”, his artwork and research has been used as evidence by organisations such as Amnesty International and the UK Asylum and Immigration Tribunal. For instance, in his 2016 work Earshot, Abu Hamdan conducted an audio analysis of the gunshots fired at two teenagers on the West Bank of Palestine in 2014 by Israeli soldiers. Using visualization techniques, he was able to conclude that the bullets were live ammunition disguised to sound like rubber bullets, which ultimately forced Israel out of its denial of the incident.
Most recently, Abu Hamdan has been exploring the notion of reincarnation. In Once Removed (2019), he follows the life and work of Bassel Abi Chahine, a historian who has created an almost exhaustive archive of the PLA and PSP socialist militia during the Lebanese Civil War. Abi Chahine experienced flashbacks from what he believes is a previous life, which fuelled his body of research and allowed him to discover that he was the reincarnation of a soldier who died at age 16. This enabled him to gain trust with ex-soldiers, who felt able to share information and artefacts, despite orders of suppression which had led to the history of the war existing in whispered rumours, stories and unasked questions. Rather than seeking to expose, Abi Chahine intends instead to find material remnants of the war’s existence, and of his own past.
This is a rare opportunity to see a film which has only been screened for the first time in the UK at the Maureen Paley Gallery this year. All are welcome, and it will be of special interest to anyone interested in the arts, politics, history or sound.
To watch the trailer of the film, please visit: http://lawrenceabuhamdan.com/#/once-removed/
CN: Please be aware that discussions are unstructured, and are likely to turn to content that some attendees find distressing, such as war and trauma.
A zoom link and details to join will be added to this event closer to the time.