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17 May - 5 July 2008

Adad Hannah: Reflections

 

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ABOUT THE SHOW

Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain is pleased to announce a solo exhibition by video artist and photographer Adad Hannah. Hannah was recently announced as a 2008 semi-finalist for the prestigious Sobey Art Award.

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Adad Hannah’s work parses the divide between photography and video. His most prominent body of work is a growing series of videos called Stills. In them, Hannah strips video of movement and sound, video’s basic elements, to see what survives. Upon first glance they read as photographs, but closer inspection reveals people “frozen” in action. Despite their static composition, the Stills videos mesmerize viewers who notice imperfections such as blinking, breathing, or swaying – the inevitable failure to become statues. Although nothing seems to “happen” in these works, they are charged with action as we watch for tiny movements, as if the subjects are trapped in a picture trying to come to life.

The tension of anticipated movement captivates the viewer as she mirrors the work while watching it. Both viewer and subject stand still, waiting for the other to succumb. As the viewer experiences the crux of spectatorship, she is forced to consider her own performance within the gallery, and thus her relationship to art.

In his photographs and videos, Hannah explores the reception of art by embedding mirrors in museums. In a solipsistic move, he manipulates canonic works that interrogate the viewing process and offer a meditation on duality. In Two Mirrors, shot at the Museo del Prado in Madrid, Hannah inserts two men and a mirror into Velázquez’s Las Meninas. Although they share only one mirror, Hannah’s title refers to the painted one above, believed to reflect the king and queen posing for their portrait. Velázquez implicated the viewer to a privileged position, just as Hannah situates the viewer to appear through a mirror at the two men staring back.

For Performance/Audience/Remake, Hannah re-stages Dan Graham’s seminal Performance/Audience/Mirror (1975), in which Graham described his own actions and those of his audience as he stood between the attentive crowd and a mirrored wall. Graham’s performance was documented in a video, which Hannah mimics in his work. Rather than re-enact the entire performance, Hannah staged the scene for the camera, creating a series of “faux photographs,” videos in which surrogates for Graham and the audience stay motionless.

Mirroring is a paramount motif in Hannah’s photographs and videos, developed from an interest in distinguishing image from object, and representation from reality. He conflates the replica with its subject, asking us to consider what the difference holds at stake.


Chen Tamir


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Adad Hannah was born in New York in 1971, has lived in the USA, Israel, and England, studied in Vancouver, and currently lives in Montreal, Canada. Primarily using video and photography, Hannah has worked on his Stills (real-time video recorded tableaux vivants) since 2001, producing and exhibiting them in museums and galleries around the world.  His official website is www.adadhannah.com.



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WORKS FOR SALE
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PHOTOGRAPHS

Dauphin's Treasure
The Dauphin’s Treasure
2008
c-print
101,5 x 180,5 cm
sold out



Sitting in the Great Hall   A Moment of Reflection

Sitting in the Great Hall
2008
c-print
101,5 x 136 cm
3/7
 
A Moment of Reflection
2008
c-print
101,5 x 136 cm
sold out
     
Rehearsing Dan Graham    

Rehearsing Dan Graham
2008
c-prints (x6)
70,5 x 80,5 cm
1/7
   



VIDEOS

Earthly Delights  
Earthly Delights
2008
HD video
7:05 min.
sold out
 
     
performer/audience/remake   Make-up / Mascara Removal
Performer/Audience/Remake
2008
digital video
22:00 min.
1/3
  Make-up / Mascara Remova
2003
digital video (diptych)
6:25 min.
1/5



VIDEO INSTALLATION

Embrace   A Moment of Reflection

Embrace
2008
video installation
variable dimensions
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Embrace (detail)







VIEWS OF THE SHOW
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LINKS

Richard Rhodes. "Top Ten Exhibitions of 2008" Canadian Art (online) Jan, 2009 (scroll down)
Bernard Lévy et Jocelyne Connolly. "La Triennale Québécoise : un air de légèrté" Vie des arts summer 2008 (in French)
Nicolas Mavrikakis. "Aveuglement" Voir (Montréal) 19 June 2008 (in French)
"Adad Hannah: Mirrors that Conceal" Canadian Art (web) 4 June 2008
Special page about the Prado Stills series on Adad Hannah's website
Adad Hannah's official website www.adadhannah.com
Link to page showcasing artist's participation at LOOP Videoart Fair '08 (Barcelona)



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ARTIST'S C.V.
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