Lawrence Abu Hamdan wins 2016 prize
On Monday, November 31, 2016, Abu Hamdan was announced winner of the 2016 Nam June Paik award.
The award is organised by Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany and the prize is given to an artist working with the digital media.
Lawrence Abu Hamdan won the prize for his installation 'earshot', which was displayed at Portikus, Frankfurt earlier this year.
The work considers how can be political by focusing on the murder of teenagers by Israeli soldiers. Upon investigation by he and Defence for Children International, they discovered that the soldiers had tried to cover up the shootings.
They had even tried to cover the sound with noise made by rubber bullets. Hamdan showed the sound analysis of the shootings. He also exhibited an entirely silent video.
The jury, which artists Dara Birnbaum and Akram Zaatari were part of, unanimously decided that Hamdan deserved to be the winner.
Other nominees for the award are Trisha Baga, Neïl Beloufa, and Katja Novitskova.
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