Born in New York in 1971. Lives and works in Montreal and Vancouver.
Adad Hannah is known for beautiful, cleverly staged tableaux vivant videos that often revisit or re-enact famed paintings and artworks. Hannah received his BFA from Vancouver’s Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in 1998 and his MFA from Montreal’s Concordia University in 2004. Hannah has completed projects in diverse locales, with casts that often challenge and update the meanings of the works he’s referencing. In 2009’s The Raft of the Medusa (100 Mile House), he recreated a famous Géricault painting using BC high-school students and treeplanters; in 2008, Hannah made a series of videos in Madrid’s Museo Nacional del Prado that show visitors interacting with works in unusual ways. Other pieces, such as 2010’s The Russians, are more documentary in nature, providing extended “slice of life” scenes that still play on the tension between moving and still images. Hannah has exhibited widely, including at the Prague and Liverpool biennials. He has been longlisted for the Sobey Art Award three times, and his work is in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada and the Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal, among others.
Photo of Adad Hannah by Eric Tschaeppeler from the Fall 2009 issue of Canadian Art