Drawing upon his work as a performance artist and a set dresser for TV commercials, Adad Hannah has focused the last six years of his career on 'tableaux vivants' or 'living stills.'
His seemingly still photographs included in the group exhibition anima are actually frozen tableaux. The participants’ apparent ‘rest’ or frozen photographic ease is actually a concentrated balancing act. The trick is in remaining motionless but every sinew in the subjects’ bodies is straining to move, upsetting the stillness. In such stillness we are forced to become aware of our own breath, overcome with a sense of our own existence. We hold our breath, waiting for the grand finale, the conclusion where it all makes sense. But it may never come.
Adad has exhibited widely and also produces performance works. In Canada he has shown at Ace Art, Alberta Art Gallery, Alternator, B-312, Dazibao, MSVU, Optica, SAW, Séquence, Modern Fuel, Wynick-Tuck, Diaz Contemporary, TPW, and others. In 2004 he won the Images Festival Installation/New Media Award (Toronto). Adad Hannah is represented by Pierre-François Ouellette Art Contemporain.