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Adad Hannah

The Decameron Retold

February 10, 2019 - April 21, 2019

Adad Hannah’s, The Decameron Retold, is a newly commissioned work by the Richmond Art Gallery. It is based on Giovanni Boccaccio’s 14th century work, The Decameron, a collection of medieval novellas comprised of 100 tales told by ten young women and men sheltering in a villa outside of Florence in order to escape the Black Plague.

For The Decameron Retold Hannah will create a series of video tableaux vivants. Known as living pictures, tableaux vivants were popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.   They were carefully staged static scenes with models or actors often imitating statues or paintings. Hannah will enlist the talents of local volunteers who will work in front of and behind the camera in the creation of his illusive tableaux.

Hannah’s previous projects recreating historical paintings have included: The Raft of the Medusa (Théodore Géricault), The Burghers of Calais (Auguste Rodin), Ophelia (John Everett Millais), and Guernica (Pablo Picasso).

The Decameron Retold is generously supported by Canada Council for the Arts New Chapter Grant.


Adad Hannah was born in New York in 1971, spent his childhood in Israel and England, and moved to Vancouver in the early 1980s. He lives and works between Montreal and Vancouver.

Hannah has exhibited at the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (2008), the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (2008), Zendai MoMA, Shanghai (2009), Ke Center for Contemporary Art (Shanghai 2008), the Vancouver Art Gallery (2007), the National Gallery of Canada (2011, 2006), Ikon Gallery (Birmingham 2006), the 4th Seoul International Media Art Biennale (2006), Casa Encendida (Madrid 2006) and Viper Basel (2004). He has produced works at museums including the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the National Gallery of Canada, the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Rodin Gallery (Seoul), and the Prado Museum (Madrid).



Above: Production still courtesy of the Artist.