Open Call for Stories

January 7, 2019

Adad Hannah : The Decameron Retold is looking for your stories!

We are looking for stories to be included in the upcoming project by artist Adad Hannah: The Decameron Retold which will be opening at the Richmond Art Gallery in February 2019. Stories we receive will be re-enacted in January 2019, as the basis of photographs and videos in the art exhibition.

Stories can be your own stories, those of people you know, or completely fictional. They should be relatively simple – imagine that your story has to be told in three minutes. We are especially interested in any stories that might relate to Richmond or your relationship to Richmond – how you ended up here, who brought you here, why you stayed, etc. 

The Decameron is a 14th century collection of stories written by Giovanni Boccaccio centering around a structure of storytelling by a group of ten people escaping the Black Plague in Europe. In the original book, the travelers each tell one story per night for ten nights, for a total of one hundred stories.

These are some of the themes that are addressed in The Decameron and which you might find useful as you decide which story to share with us:

  • Misadventures that suddenly end happily.
  • Lovers whose relationship ends in disaster.
  • People who survive calamity or misfortune and attain a state of happiness.
  • Stories of travel/coming to a new place.
  • Great pranks that people play on one another.
  • Stories about deeds of generosity.

Stories can be sent directly to Adad Hannah at:

We look forward to your stories!

If you would also like to volunteer on the project, more details are here.

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.


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