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The practical work of sound artists is not unlike that of composers or sound designers in cinema. Lawrence Abu Hamdan has followed a different trajectory. It's a centerpiece of the Lebanese-born artist's first Beirut solo, "Natq," -- "ntq" being the root of various Arabic terms for "speech".Six of the show's eight installations ruminate on sound and punishment, work that has landed him among the four artists short-listed for the 2019 Turner Prize.Abu Hamdan said the six Sednaya testimonies he recorded in 2016 completely rewired his practice.In this four-channel audio installation, the sounds a foley artist might make with various objects -- an ostrich feather duster, steel wool, a punching bag, a cricket bat -- are keyed to a text scrolling on a monitor recounting Abu Hamdan's conversations with former detainees about how Sednaya sounds, or else other documented cases of "ear-witness" testimonies and the means used to reproduce remembered sound.Abu Hamdan's subject is Bassel Abi Chahine, a 30-something writer-researcher and collector of rare objects and interviews from Lebanon's Civil War, specifically the activities of Walid Joumblatt's Progressive Socialist Party.The new works, Abu Hamdan acknowledged, have nothing to do with sound yet they are also concerned with legitimate forms of speaking.
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