Vancouver/Montreal-based artist Adad Hannah has earned an international reputation for his video-recorded tableaux vivants that often reference art history and paradigms of museum practices. Staging models to hold poses for an extended time, he deconstructs the photographic image, undermining its authenticity. Drawing attention to the performance inherent within photography, he creates a space for reflection on the production of meaning.
In this new body of work developed specifically for the Koffler Gallery, Hannah shifts focus to his personal history, re-animating a “frozen moment” captured eighteen years before he was born. His starting point is a yellowing photograph of his grandmother painting a portrait of her daughter at an art club on an American military base in Kodiak, Alaska in 1953. Hannah works in dialogue with his mother, Barbara Txi Hannah – the subject of the original photograph and an artist herself – collaborating to expand the moment under observation through a complex video and still installation. A Featured Exhibition in the 2014 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.
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