Adad Hannah: Call for Volunteers

December 21, 2018

Above: Adad Hannah, A Vulgar Picture, 2010, Production images.

Adad Hannah needs volunteers to help behind the scenes and in front of the camera in the development of his next project.  To volunteer, contact 

Richmond Art Gallery is working with renowned Canadian artist, Adad Hannah, on a newly commissioned work and exhibition, The Decameron Retold, opening February 9, 2019. Hannah is inviting community members to work with him and become part of the project.   This is a rare opportunity to work with an artist of Hannah’s experience and to  see what goes on behind the scenes of the art making process. Volunteers are needed to assist in various aspects of the production, such as contributing personal stories, acting, sewing, cooking and general production.

Hannah’s photographic art practice, includes recreating paintings in art history through tableaux vivants.  Tableaux vivants, living pictures, were popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.   They were static scenes containing actors or models, costumed and carefully staged. In the RAG project, Hannah will construct the props and scenery on site, and photograph and film the volunteer ‘actors’ within the theatrical setting. The images taken by Hannah will appear in the exhibition, the catalogue and potentially disseminated through other means post-exhibition.

The Decameron Retold is based on the 14th century Italian author, Giovanni Boccaccio’s The Decameron, a collection of novellas containing 100 stories.  Adad’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).

Artist Bio:
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.

He 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). In 2004 he won the Toronto Images Festival Installation/New Media Award, and the Bogdanka Poznanovic Award at Videomedeja 8. His work has been funded by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec, the B.C Arts Council, the Vancouver Foundation/Contemporary Art Gallery, the Quebec Delegations and Canadian Embassies in Madrid, Seoul, and New York. 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).

Hannah’s work can be found in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Ke Center for Contemporary Art (Shanghai), the Zacheta National Gallery of Art (Warsaw), BMO Financial Group and the Royal Bank of Canada.

Above: Adad Hannah, A Vulgar Picture, 2010, Production images.


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