May 31 - June 2, 2007
Pierre-François Ouelllette art contemporain (Montreal) is delighted to premiere on May 31st at LOOP video art fair (Barcelona) ( http://www.loop-barcelona.com/ ) a new video by Adad Hannah entitled The Burghers of Seoul (2006-2007, 9 mn, edition of 7).
The Burghers of Seoul is a study and a reconstruction of The Burghers of Calais, Rodin's late 19 th Century monument to the French heroes of 1347 who surrendered to the British in order to save the city of Calais. While the first cast of this seminal sculpture sits in front of City Hall in Calais, the other casts are spread around the world. The cast the artist used is the 12 th and final one, located in Seoul, South Korea.
Using six of Seoul's Quick Service couriers he reconstructed the sculpture and then shot it in video using a circular track and dolly. The resulting video is a study of sculpture as life and life as sculpture.
Adad Hannah wishes to acknowledge the assistance of the Rodin Gallery, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Quebec Arts Council. The gallery thanks also the Canada Council for the Arts, la Société de développement des entreprises culturelles du Québec and the Canadian Department of Heritage.
Adad Hannah was born in New York in 1971, spent his formative years in London, completed high-school and his Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in Vancouver, and currently lives and works in Montreal where he earned a Masters degree in 2004. His artworks have recently been presented at The National Gallery of Canada, The Vancouver Art Gallery, Seoul Metropolitan Museum, Ikon Gallery (Birmingham), La Casa Encendida (Madrid), WRO 05 11th International Media Arts Biennale (Poland 2005), G39 (Cardiff 2005), Viper Basel (2004), SeNef Festival/Ilmin Art Museum (Seoul 2004), Big M, Mediakunst Tour (Groningen, Amsterdam, and Nijmegen 2004), and Artists Space (New York 2003). In Canada he has shown at Ace Art, Alberta Art Gallery, Alternator, B-312, Dazibao, MSVU, Optica, SAW, Séquence, Modern Fuel, Wynick-Tuck, Diaz Contemporary, TPW, and others. In 2004 he won the Images Festival Installation/New Media Award (Toronto).