Sounds of Syrian prison nominated for UK art prize

A sound installation based on interviews with former detainees at a high-security prison in Syria has been nominated for Britain's Turner Prize for contemporary art in a shortlist unveiled on Wednesday (May 1st), AFP reported.

Lawrence Abu Hamdan used sound effects to help six survivors of Saydnaya "recall their audio memories, to map the unknown architecture of the prison and to understand what happened there", the judges said.

Amnesty International said as many as 13,000 people were hanged between 2011 and 2015 at the military-run prison near Damascus.

In May 2017, Washington claimed Damascus had built a crematorium at Saydnaya to cover up thousands of prisoner deaths.

An exhibition with the works of all nominated artists will open in September at the Turner Contemporary gallery in Margate. The prize is open to visual artists born or based in Britain.

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