Adad Hannah translates historic paintings and sculptures into videos and photographs, challenging the codes, conventions and temporal dimensions of each of these media. He is known mainly for his “Stills” series, video works that, like “tableaux vivants,” assume the appearance of a still image because of the immobility of the actors and other elements in the scene. In his work, the artist probes the specific limits of the various media—film, television, etc.—while prompting viewers to question their own perception.

Portait of Adad Hannah.
Photo: Richard-Max Tremblay (2008)