Adad Hannah – Artist At Work!

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January 16 - January 23, 2019

2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Artist Adad Hannah is currently working with Richmond community members to produce a newly commissioned work, The Decameron Retold, opening at Richmond Art Gallery, February 9, 2019.

Visit the Richmond Cultural Centre Performance Hall (7700 Minoru Gate) on these dates from 2:00 – 5:00 pm to have a peek at the work in progress:

  • Wednesday, January 16
  • Thursday, January 17
  • Saturday, January 19
  • Monday, January 21 
  • Tuesday, January 22
  • Wednesday, January 23  

The project is based on the 14th century literary work, The Decameron, by Giovanni Boccaccio. It is a collection of novellas comprised of one hundred tales told over ten days by ten young women and men sequestered in a villa outside of Florence to escape the Black Plague. 

Hannah is well known for his photographic and video works that explore the performative and cinematic potential of tableaux vivants.  He has produced community-based projects around the world, from Senegal to Australia, the United States, and across Canada. This is his first large-scale community project in the Lower Mainland. 

For the exhibition Hannah is creating a series of video tableaux vivants using Boccaccio’s frame narrative as the departure point.  Known as living pictures, tableaux vivants were popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Working with community members in front of and behind the camera, and incorporating local stories gathered through an open call, participants lay their own stories over The Decameron’s structure. 

Hannah will work in the Performance Hall constructing the tableaux until January 24 when all the constructed pieces will be moved into the Gallery in preparation for the exhibition, The Decameron Retold.  

All are welcome to join us on Saturday, February 9 from 2 – 5pm for the opening reception.

This is one of the 200 exceptional projects funded through the Canada Council for the Arts’ New Chapter initiative. With this $35M initiative, the Council supports the creation and sharing of the arts in communities across Canada.