ARTS, CULTURE AND CIRCUS
Adad Hannah - The Russians
Taking as his inspiration the early 20th Century work of Sergeii Prokudin-Gorskii, the Russian pioneer of colour photography, Hannah traveled to Russia in the summer of 2010 to begin recording small slivers of Russian life in videos and photographs. Having returned from this trip with hours of footage and hundreds of photographs, it took over a year to arrive at the final selection of moving and still images. This body of work exists somewhere between the candid documentary snapshots of Robert Frank, the highly staged images of Jeff Wall, and the mid 19th century parlour pastime of tableaux vivants. Somewhat less controlled than his previous videos, Hannah's subjects pulse with life even as they try to remain still.
Born in New York in 1971, Adad Hannah lives and works in Montreal and Vancouver. He has recently 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), Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (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, 2010), Zendai MoMA, Shanghai (2009), Galerie Thomas Shulte (Berlin, 2008, curated by Christopher Eamon).Last year, he unveiled Safari a special work created in collaboration with Oscar-winning director Denys Arcand commissioned by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts for the exhibition Big Bang, celebrating the Museum's 150th Anniversary and new Canadian art wing.