Air Conditioning
2022
Cloudscape Visualisation

Full colour inkjet print on matt fibre photo paper; 90 x 5475 cm.  
Commissioned by Sharjah Art Foundation.

Client: Lawrence Abu Hamdan
Curator: Omar Kholeif
Producer: Nabla Yahya

Placed on the four walls of Gallery 4 is a major new commission by Lawrence Abu Hamdan, titled Air Conditioning (2022). Linking the ocular and the auditory, Air Conditioning distills the artist’s concept of the ‘sonic image’ through a textured visual rendering of what he has dubbed, ‘atmospheric violence’.

The evolving graduated image maps the Israeli army’s sonic occupation of the Lebanese airspace over a 15-year period, from 2006 to the present. Following the 2006 July War between Israel and Lebanon, and the subsequent United Nation Security Council ‘resolution’ in August 2006, Israel commenced with a different form of warfare—an invisible, auditory conditioning of the Lebanese airspace, initially with F-35s, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and drones.