The Whole Truth

Lawrence Abu Hamdan (Lebanon)
The Whole Truth is an audio documentary about the current application of voice analysis as a lie detection method, recently piloted by European, Russian and Israeli governments and used by border agencies and insurance companies all over the world. The documentary, which experiments with the conventions of radio, consists of a collection of interviews with software developers, anthropologists and entrepreneurs of the biometric industry, from the Netherlands, USA and elsewhere. Abu Hamdan utilises this voice-based lie detector to process the voices you hear in the work, thereby demonstrating the arbitrary nature of the verdicts it generates.


Artist biography 藝術家簡介

Lawrence Abu Hamdan is a “Private Ear”. His interest with sound and its intersection with politics originate from his background as a touring musician and facilitator of DIY music. The artist’s audio investigations has been used as evidence at the UK Asylum and Immigration Tribunal and as advocacy for organisations such as Amnesty International and Defence for Children International together with fellow researchers from Forensic Architecture.

Abu Hamdan completed his PhD in 2017 from Goldsmiths College University of London and is currently a fellow at the Gray Centre for Arts and Inquiry at the University of Chicago.

Abu Hamdan has exhibited his work at the 58th Venice Biennale, the 11th Gwanju Biennale and the 13th and 14th Sharjah Biennial, Witte De With, Rotterdam, Tate Modern Tanks, Chisenhale Gallery, Hammer Museum L.A, Portikus Frankfurt, The Showroom, London and Casco, Utrecht. His works are part of collections at MoMA, Guggenheim, Van AbbeMuseum, Centre Pompidou and Tate Modern. Abu Hamdan’s work has been awarded the 2019 Edvard Munch Art Award, the 2016 Nam June Paik Award for new media and in 2017 his film Rubber Coated Steel won the Tiger short film award at the Rotterdam International Film festival. For the 2019 Turner Prize Abu Hamdan, together with nominated artists Helen Cammock, Oscar Murillo and Tai Shani, formed a temporary collective in order to be jointly granted the award.



哈姆丹曾於多個著名國際藝術節及場所展出作品,包括第五十八屆威尼斯雙年展、第十一屆光州雙年展、第十三及十四屆沙迦雙年展、鹿特丹的Witte de With當代藝術中心、泰特現代藝術館的The Tanks、倫敦的奇森哈勒畫廊、洛杉磯漢默美術館、法蘭克福門廊博物館、倫敦的The Showroom、荷蘭烏得勒支Casco等。他的作品多間著名美術館所收藏,包括美國現代藝術博物館、古根漢美術館、荷蘭埃因霍溫凡䒝伯當代美術館、龐比度藝術中心及泰特現代藝術館等。他的作品曾獲得多個國際奬項,包括2019年的愛德華・蒙克藝術奬及2016年的白南準藝術奬(媒體藝術),而他的電影作品《Rubber Coated Steel》則在2017年鹿特丹國際影展中榮獲Tiger短片大奬。2019年的透納奬中他與同期提名及入圍的藝術家們海倫・卡姆莫克、奧斯卡・莫黑略以及泰・莎妮組成了一個臨時團隊並共同呼籲評審,以達至一個共同領受此大奬的結果。

Lawrence Abu Hamdan