Rubber Coated Steel

Artist: Lawrence Abu Hamdan
video | HD video, color, sound | 19:00 | 2016

Lawrence Abu Hamdan is a forensic audio analyst as well as an artist. In 2014 he was asked to analyze the audio files that recorded the shots that killed Nadeem Nawara and Mohamed Abu Daher in the West Bank of Palestine. His audio investigation, which proved that the boys were shot by real not rubber bullets, became the center of a murder investigation that went through the military courts and international news networks to the US congress, where it was used to argue that the Israelis had breached the USIsraeli arms agreement. One year later the artist holds his own tribunal for these serial killing sounds in the form of video and the following transcript he authored titled Rubber Coated Steel. This work does not preside over the voices of the victims but seeks to amplify their silence, questioning the ways in which rights are being heard today.


2016 Taipei Biennial – Gestures and archives of the present, genealogies of the future | 2016.09.10 - 2017.02.05 | Taipei Fine Arts Museum(TFAM)(Taibei, China)