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September 10 - October 22, 2011

Adad Hannah: The Russians

 

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ABOUT THE SHOW

The Russians

Taking as his inspiration the early 20th Century work of Sergeii Prokudin-Gorskii, the Russian pioneer of colour photography, Hannah traveled to Russia in the summer of 2010 to begin recording small slivers of Russian life in videos and photographs. Having returned from this trip with hours of footage and hundreds of photographs, it took over a year to arrive at the final selection of moving and still images. This body of work exists somewhere between the candid documentary snapshots of Robert Frank, the highly staged images of Jeff Wall, and the mid 19th century parlour pastime of tableaux vivants. Somewhat less controlled than his previous videos, Hannah's subjects pulse with life even as they try to remain still.

Eschewing elaborate sets in favour of unstaged encounters Hannah set off for Russia with only two cameras and a small accompaniment of lenses. Moving around by car, foot, and bicycle Hannah roamed around Saint Petersburg and the surrounding countryside, shooting exclusively with existing light and using as models the people he encountered on his travels. These models came from all walks of life, some approaching the photographer and some warily agreeing to pose when approached. With minimal intervention models were asked to stay as still as they could while the photos and videos were shot, but due to the blazing temperatures (it was Russia's hottest summer on record) and the artist's limited ability to communicate in Russian, the models' gazes often wandered, their faces and bodies betraying the difficulty of holding their poses.

When Prokudin-Gorskii documented a rapidly changing country 100 years ago he often focused on infrastructure and technology, the trains and factories of the early 20th Century. Hannah, on the other hand, focuses on people he's chanced upon on his travels, presenting fleeting but oddly intimate moments shared with strangers whose postures and subtle facial expressions offer a unique look at Russia at the beginning of the 21st century.
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Born in New York in 1971, Adad Hannah lives and works in Montreal. He has recently exhibited at the Samsung LEEUM Museum (Seoul 2011), Prague Biennial 5 (2011), Museo de Bellas Artes (Santiago, Chile 2011), 5th International Video Art Biennial at the Israeli Centre for Digital Art (Holon 2011), Canadian Biennial at the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa 2011), National Museum of Contemporary Art (Bucharest 2011), Australian Centre for Photography (Sydney 2010), Liverpool Biennial (2010), Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum (2010), the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (currently on view), the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal (2008, 2009), Zendai MoMA, Shanghai (2009), Galerie Thomas Shulte (Berlin, 2008, curated by Christopher Eamon).

In November 2011 he will unveil a special work created in collaboration with Oscar-winning director Denys Arcand commissioned by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts for the exhibition Big Bang, celebrating the Museum's 150th Anniversary and new Canadian art wing.



WORKS FOR SALE
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VIDEOS

Cylclist   Tire
Cyclist Stopped on a Path
2011
HD video
5 min 9s.
2/5
  Boy Sitting on a Tire
2011
HD video
4 min 17s.
1/5


Ice Cream   Bench
Six Russians Eating Ice Cream
2011
HD video
4 min 27s.
3/5
  Teen Resting on a Bench
2011
HD video
7 min 1s.
1/5


Playground   Guitarist
Young Couple at a Playground
2011
HD video
6 min 21s.
1/5
  Guitarist in a Hammock
2011
HD video
5 min 0s.
1/5


Girl   Two Workers
Girl on a Balcony
2011
HD video
5 min 7s.
1/5
  Two Workers
2011
HD video
4 min 35s.
1/5


Two Sinks   Two Russian Couples
Two Sinks
2011
HD video
5 min 35s.
1/5
  Two Russian Couples
2011
HD video
5 min 57s.
2/5
 


Russian Kama 3   Supermarket
Russian KAMA3
2011
HD video
3 min 31s.
1/5
  Couple Returning from the Supermarket
HD video
5 min 16s.
1/5

Click here to view videos on Adad Hannah's website.

PHOTOGRAPHS

Young Family
Young Family
2011
c-print
100 x 134 cm (39.5" x 53")
2/5



Chess with grandsonThe Raft of the Medusa (100 Mile House) video 2
Chess with Grandson
2011
c-print
100 x 134 cm (39.5" x 53")
1/5


Mother Holding Plum
Mother Holding a Plum
2011
c-print
100 x 134 cm (39.5" x 53")
1/5


Old Woman Looking Out Window
Old Woman Looking Out Window
2011
c-print
100 x 134 cm (39.5" x 53")
1/5


Soldiers
Young Soldiers 1, 2, 3, 4
2011
c-print
134 x 100 cm (53" x 39.5") each
2/5 each




VIEWS OF THE SHOW
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LINKS
Marie-Ève Charron. "Se ressembler" Le Devoir (Montreal) September 8, 2011 (in French)
Éric Clément. "Les Russes: ralentir le temps en le figeant" La Presse (Montreal) September 3, 2011 (in French)
"Rentrée automnale 2011 : partie 5 — Adad Hannah - Les Russes" Un show de mot'arts (online) September 20, .2011 (in French)
Click here to view videos on Adad Hannah's website.
Click here to view photographs on Adad Hannah's website.




ARTIST'S C.V.
click here to download a recent C.V. of the artist (adobe PDF)




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