An installation view of Abu Hamdan's "Walled Unwalled" as seen during its premiere during the 2018 Abraaj Group Art Prize exhibition, at Art Dubai.
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Lawrence Abu Hamdan is among four artists nominated for the 2019 Turner Prize. The Beirut-based "artist and audio investigator" earned the nomination on the strength of works referencing his interviews with survivors of the Syrian regime's Sednaya prison, where well over 13,000 people are believed to have been executed since anti-regime protests began in 2011 .Unveiled in London Wednesday, the short list also includes London-based Helen Cammock, nominated for a film on the role of women in the civil rights movement in Derry in 1968, at the start of three decades of unrest in Northern Ireland. Also nominated for the prestigious prize are Colombian-born Oscar Murillo and self-taught artist Tai Shani.The Turner Prize is open to visual artists born or based in the U.K.One takes up the experiences of the Sednaya survivors.The video was shot in Funkhaus, the central radio station of the former German Democratic Republic, and most of the work follows the artist's choreographed movement through three studios, the camera's perspective being that of the sound engineer in the control room.
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