Adad Hannah

Adad Hannah Adad Hannah is known for beautiful, cleverly staged tableaux vivant videos that often revisit or re-enact famed paintings and artworks. Hannah has completed projects in diverse locales, with casts that often challenge and update the meanings of the works he’s referencing. In 2009’s The Raft of the Medusa (100 Mile House), he recreated a famous Géricault painting using BC high-school students and treeplanters. The work was featured on ikono as part of the Echo series. Echo: The Raft of the Medusa - Adad Hannah after Théodore Géricault


Born in New York in 1971 and raised variously in Israel, England, and Vancouver, for the last nine years multi-media artist Adad Hannah has lived in Montreal, where he has pushed open the borders between the body and installation art by fusing the two in thoroughly evocative ways. Hannah combines video, photography and performance into tableaux vivants. A multi-faceted exchange between art and history, Hannah uses the space between the static body and the recorded motion to make statements on the tension of our bodies' natural dichotomies. Young and prolific, in any given year his installations can be found around the world, living in galleries as far and wide as Berlin, New York, Seoul, or Australia. In 2008, Hannah made a series of videos in Madrid’s Museo Nacional del Prado that show visitors interacting with works in unusual ways. Pieces, such as 2010′s The Russians (see below), are more documentary in nature, providing extended “slice of life” scenes that still play on the tension between moving and still images. Hannah has exhibited widely, including at the Prague and Liverpool biennials.

On Air: Adad Hannah

The ikono On Air Festival is showing 15 films by Adad Hannah: Couple Returning from the Supermarket, Cyclist Stopped on a Path, Girl on a Balcony, Guitarist in a Hammock, Russian Woman at Home, Six Russians Eating Ice Cream, Soldiers Resting, Teen resting on a Bench, Russian KAMA3, Three Teens in the Countryside, Two Russian Couples, Two Sinks, Two Workers and Young Couple at a Playground.


In 2003, Adad Hannah received an Honourable Mention at the 10th International Media Arts Biennale. In 2009, he won the Canada Council's prestigious Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award for outstanding artistic achievement by a Canadian artist in mid-career. He has been longlisted for the Sobey Art Award three times, and his work is in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada and the Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal, among others.


Adad Hannah has exhibited at the Samsung LEEUM Museum (Seoul 2011), Prague Biennial 5 (2011), Museo de Bellas Artes (Santiago, Chile 2011), 5th International Video Art Biennial at the Israeli Centre for Digital Art (Holon 2011), Canadian Biennial at the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa 2011), National Museum of Contemporary Art (Bucharest 2011), Australian Centre for Photography (Sydney 2010), Liverpool Biennial (2010), Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum (2010), the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (currently on view), the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal (2008, 2009), Zendai MoMA, Shanghai (2009), Galerie Thomas Shulte (Berlin, 2008, curated by Christopher Eamon), Ke Center for Contemporary Art (Shanghai 2008), the Vancouver Art Gallery (2007), Ikon Gallery (Birmingham, 2006), the 4th Seoul International Media Art Biennale (2006), Casa Encendida (Madrid 2006) and Viper Basel (2004). In 2004 he won the Toronto Images Festival Installation/New Media Award, and the Bogdanka Poznanovic Award at Videomedeja 8. His work has been funded by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec, the B.C Arts Council, the Vancouver Foundation/Contemporary Art Gallery, the Quebec Delegations and Canadian Embassies in Madrid, Seoul, and New York. He has produced works at museums including the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the National Gallery of Canada, the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Rodin Gallery (Seoul), and the Prado Museum (Madrid).


- Homepage: - 17 Questions With Adad Hannah: "I Am Making a Living Doing What I Love to Do" - Head On: Flashpoints and Clashpoints in the Art of Adad Hannah


Raft of the Medusa (100 Mile House) This is an excerpt of a video that is 5min 08s. It was produced in 2009 in the community of 100 Mile House, British Columbia with a cast of high school students. Young Couple at a Playground Tribute One of the first Museum Stills. This was produced at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in 2002. Adad Hannah - Visual Arts // RAEV's "Recognizing Artists: Enfin Visibles Curator's Special
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