Social Distancing Portraits

Adad Hannah
July 17, 2021 to January 23, 2022

Mosaic of still images from Social Distancing Portraits, 2020. Courtesy of Equinox Gallery, Vancouver, and Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain, Montreal. Photos: Courtesy of the artist.


In Social Distancing Portraits artist Adad Hannah presents a series of more than 200 portraits produced during the pandemic. Shot impromptu with a long lens from at least 5 meters away, the subjects in his tableau vivants (living pictures) stay as still as they can. Holding their pose for the camera for thirty seconds, the models are captured in video so that they appear suspended in time. These intimate videos act as a record, documenting our collective experience of social isolation, as well as movements for social justice and police reform. Each portrait is paired with music composed by Brigitte Dajczer and Daniel Ingram. Through the portraits and accompanying short interviews Hannah looks at our individual and collective experiences of Covid-19, highlighting the isolation it has caused as well as the human need to connect.

Hannah was born in New York City in 1971 and currently lives in Burnaby, BC. He holds a Ph.D. and MFA from Concordia University and a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art & Design. Hannah’s work has been exhibited extensively throughout North America, Europe, West Africa, Australia, Korea, China, and Russia.


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Adad Hannah: Artist Talk
Thursday, September 30, 2021 | 6 to 7 pm

Join Burnaby-based artist Adad Hannah to hear more about his current exhibition Social Distancing Portraits.



Video interview with artist Adad Hannah to accompany his exhibition, Social Distancing Portraits, on display at the Kelowna Art Gallery from July 17 to November 14, 2021.



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