ADAD HANNAH [BC-CA]
Social Distancing Portraits, 2020
METAMORPHOSIS - MONTREAL
Arsenal Contemporary Art [QC-CA]
10.1 - 10.31, 2020
Adad Hannah was born in New York in 1971, spent his childhood in Israel and England, and moved to Vancouver in the early 1980’s. He lives and works in Vancouver, Canada. He holds a Ph.D. and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Concordia University in Montreal, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Emily Carr University of Art & Design in Vancouver. His work is 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. He has won a number of awards, including the Canada Council for the Arts’ Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award for outstanding mid-career artists in 2009. Hannah is currently represented by Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain in Montreal and Equinox Gallery in Vancouver.
On March 14, 2020, while the coronavirus pandemic continued to grip the world, Adad Hannah began his Social Distancing Portraits. A compilation of short, unedited video portraits of the people he encountered on the street, the portraits include a diverse range of individuals, families, friends, shopkeepers, students, protestors, healthcare workers, and even those recorded in their homes, all using a long lens from a distance of at least 5 metres. While mostly shot on the streets in his neighbourhood in Burnaby, a suburb of Vancouver, and largely containing images of strangers from afar, these works are very much portraits—intimate, unwavering, and direct.