As part of the UVP Summer Review 2011, Urban Video Project is pleased to feature Raft of the Medusa and Dad and David Visiting, two new works by artist, Adad Hannah, whose works Eros & Aphrodite and All Is Vanity were exhibited at UVP’s Montgomery Street location (venue retired) from February 1 – March 31, 2010. For more information on that exhibition, please go to: urbanvideoproject.com/artists/adad-hannah/
About the Work
Raft of the Medusa
Total Run Time: 5:00
Raft of the Medusa is the result of a three month long collaboration between the artist and long-time friend, Gus Horn, who is a rancher, community activist and art collector in the small community of 100 Mile House in central British Columbia and the residents of this economically ravaged community. The production ultimately involved a cast and crew of well over 40 people and a set that included a three-story tall scaffold to hang the backdrop for this recreation of the eponymous Géricault painting, part of the permanent collection of the Louvre. Local students met each week at the high school in preparation for the final tableau vivant, practicing yoga to develop their ability to hold the poses and studying the painting to get in the right mood.
Dad and David Visiting
Total Run Time: 7:25
Dad and David Visiting continues Hannah’s exploration of the connections between photographic portraiture and video. Here the moment explored is not one of arrested motion, but of reflective regard as the subject of the portrait looks back at the viewing public from a place of intimacy and repose.
About the Artist
Adad Hannah is a Montreal-based artist who has exhibited internationally, including at the Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec (2008); the Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal (2008); Zendai MoMA, Shanghai (2009), and Vancouver Art Gallery (2007); among many others. In 2004 he won the Toronto Images Festival Installation/New Media Award, and the Bogdanka Poznanovic Award at Videomedeja 8.. 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). He is represented by Pierre-François Ouellette Art Contemporain.
Learn more about the work of Adad Hannah at adadhannah.com