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Adad Hannah

Adad Hannah

USA/USA

Reversing

2010

BIO

Adad Hannah was born in New York in 1971 and spent his childhood in Israel and England. He moved to Vancouver, Canada, in the early 1980’s, where he currently lives and works. He holds a Ph.D. and a Master of Fine Arts from Concordia University in Montreal, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Emily Carr University of Art & Design. His work is held in public and private collections around the world, and has been exhibited extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, West Africa, China, South Korea, Australia, Russia, Argentina, and Brazil. Hannah has won a number of awards, including the Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award for outstanding mid-career artists, presented to him by the Canada Council for the Arts in 2009. Hannah is currently represented by Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain in Montreal and Equinox Gallery in Vancouver.

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Reversing

Multi-screen HD, video installation, 5'30''

In this work, shot on location at the Leeum Museum in Seoul, Hannah inserts mirrors as devices to disrupt and reorient traditional notions of spectatorship within the regimented space. The videos show parts of the museum with staff, volunteers and visitors alike, representing themselves as models. Despite their relentless posing, the slightest gesture is reflected and amplified. Opening up the visual field with another dimension. These tensions seek to destabilize the spatial configuration and confront one's own perception. The videos overlap in a disjointed portrait.

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