Myriam Ben Salah in conversation with Lawrence Abu Hamdan

5 December 2018

The panel moderated by Aram Moshayedi

Myriam Ben Salah in conversation with Lawrence Abu Hamdan. The panel moderated by Aram Moshayedi. This event, the visit of Myriam Ben Salah to Tehran and her residency at Pejman Foundation were made possible through the generous support of the Embassy of France in Tehran.

Lawrence Abu Hamdan is an artist and audio investigator. Abu Hamdan was the recipient of the 2018 Abraaj group art prize, his film Rubber Coated Steel 2016 won the Tiger short film award at the Rotterdam International Film festival 2017 and his exhibition Earshot at Portikus Frankfurt (2016) won him the 2016 Nam June Paik Award for new media. His solo exhibitions include Hammer Museum L.A (2018), Portikus Frankfurt (2016), Kunsthalle St Gallen (2015), Beirut in Cairo (2013), The Showroom, London (2012), Casco, Utrecht (2012). His works are part of collections at MoMA, Guggenheim, Van Abbe Museum, Centre Pompidou and Tate Modern.

Myriam Ben Salah (b. 1985) is a Tunisian-French curator and writer based in Paris. She has been in charge of special projects and public programs at Palais de Tokyo from 2009 to 2016, focusing especially on performance art, moving image and publishing initiatives. She was recently the Guest Curator of the 10th edition of the Abraaj Group Art Prize in Dubaï (2018) where she worked with winning artist Lawrence Abu Hamdan on a large scale commission. Ben Salah is currently the Editor-in-Chief of Kaleidoscope Magazine. Her writings have appeared in numerous international art publications and catalogues including Artforum, Mousse, Numéro. She was part of the curatorial committee selecting emerging artists for Artissima (Turin) and is currently working on artist Neil Beloufa’s first monograph book.

Born in 1981 in California. he is a curator at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, where he organised the exhibition and publication Stories of Almost Everyone (2018) and co-curated (with Hamza Walker) Made in L.A. 2016: a, the, though, only (2016). Since joining the Hammer in 2013, he has also organised projects by artists Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Andrea Büttner, Andrea Bowers, Simon Denny, Avery Singer, Maria Hassabi, and Mario Garcia Torres as well as ALL THE INSTRUMENTS AGREE: an exhibition or a concert (2015), a two-day programme of live music and sound performed by visual artists. He was formerly associate curator at the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT), where he organised exhibitions and oversaw the production of new works by The Otolith Group, Slavs and Tatars, Jordan Wolfson, Tony Cokes, Ming Wong, Erlea Maneros Zabala and Geoffrey Farmer.
Moshayedi has contributed to numerous exhibition catalogues as well as such publications as Artforum, Art in America, Frieze, Metropolis M, Parkett, X-TRA Contemporary Art Quarterly, and Bidoun, for which he is a contributing editor.

Date and Location:
Pejman Foundation: Jami
Wednesday, 5 December 2018, 6 PM
Photos by Mani Lotfizadeh