Adad Hannah, Social Distancing Portrait 16 – Kyal, Phyo, Kue, 2020, video still. Courtesy of the Artist and Equinox Gallery.

Adad Hannah, Social Distancing Portrait 16 – Kyal, Phyo, Kue, 2020, video still. Courtesy of the Artist and Equinox Gallery.

Virtual Exhibitions

Adad Hannah: Social Distancing Portraits

On March 14, 2020, while the coronavirus pandemic continued to grip the world, Adad Hannah began his Social Distancing Portraits. A compilation of short, unedited videos comprised of the people he encountered on the street, the portraits include a diverse range of individuals, families, friends, shopkeepers, students, a clinic worker and even those recorded in their homes, all using a long lens from a distance of at least 5 metres. While shot on the streets in his neighbourhood in Burnaby, a suburb of Vancouver, and largely containing images of strangers from afar, these works are very much portraits—intimate, unwavering, and direct.

Technically, these works are short, non-narrative videos set to atmospheric music that amplifies the poignancy of the works’ subjects. However, at approximately 20 seconds in length, these durational works seem to flicker somewhere between still and moving images. The subjects remain static while typically gazing directly at the camera. The works act as studies of the individuals featured with the durational component serving to intensify the viewer’s gaze and, ultimately, their relationship with the subject.

First presented on social media, the videos are accompanied by quotes from the individuals presented, offering further insight into their thoughts and emotional states during this uncertain time. Their concerns echo one another and are often related to financial stress, panic buying, and the isolation with which people are faced. Shot during a period of “social distancing” mandated by health and governmental authorities in an attempt to deter the further spread of the coronavirus, the portraits serve as a powerful reminder of the ability art has to connect across physical distance.

All works are videos and are Courtesy of the Artist and Equinox Gallery.

 

Social Distancing Portraits

Social Distancing Portrait 54 – Tony and Monica

Social Distancing Portrait 53 – Annika

Social Distancing Portrait 52 – Corina and Chris

Social Distancing Portrait 51 – Susan

Social Distancing Portrait 50 – Cassandra and Rozsika

Social Distancing Portrait 49 – Matea

Social Distancing Portrait 48 – Alexis and Jason and Cooper

Social Distancing Portrait 47 – Savannah

Social Distancing Portrait 46 – Brooke, Brett, Lynda & Beaver

Social Distancing Portrait 45 – Willie

Social Distancing Portrait 44 – Hassan

Social Distancing Portrait 43 – Daniel, Nima, Devin

Social Distancing Portrait 42 – Jessica, Ava and Olivia

Social Distancing Portrait 41 – Kristina and Katey

Social Distancing Portrait 40 – Chan and Mei

Social Distancing Portrait 39 – Kim and Ken

Social Distancing Portrait 38 – Roxy

Social Distancing Portrait 37 – Lin

Social Distancing Portrait 36 – Tyson

Social Distancing Portrait 35 – Serenity

Social Distancing Portrait 34 – Ayush and Shivam

Social Distancing Portrait 33 – Alee

Social Distancing Portrait 32 – Sergei

Social Distancing Portrait 31 – Qadir

Social Distancing Portrait 30 – James

Social Distancing Portrait 29 – Linda and Lucas

Social Distancing Portrait 28 – Jimmy

Social Distancing Portrait 27 – Toro

Social Distancing Portrait 26 – Manabu

Social Distancing Portrait 25 – Tom

Social Distancing Portrait 24 – Chuck

Social Distancing Portrait 23 – Pradeep, Shruthi, Aneesha, Naheema

Social Distancing Portrait 22 – Daljit and Sukhjiwan

Social Distancing Portrait 21 – Jen

Social Distancing Portrait 20 – Sadie

Social Distancing Portrait 19 – Zach

Social Distancing Portrait 18 – Jaya @onewithjaya

Social Distancing Portrait 17 – Dimas

Social Distancing Portrait 16 – Kyal, Phyo, Kue

Social Distancing Portrait 15 – Jorge

Social Distancing Portrait 14 – Deb

Social Distancing Portrait 13 – Roza, Issa, Ceasar

Social Distancing Portrait 12 – Suji and Naomi

Social Distancing Portrait 11 – Lori and Lesley

Social Distancing Portrait 10 – Kim

Social Distancing Portrait 9 – Arneslee and Sina

Social Distancing Portrait 8 – Allan

Social Distancing Portrait 7 – Wendy

Social Distancing Portrait 6 – Justin and Keenan

Social Distancing Portrait 5 – Elaine and Garwin

Social Distancing Portrait 4 – Samuel, Trin, Rocon, Daniel

Social Distancing Portrait 3 – Daniel

Social Distancing Portrait 2 – Jessica and Friend

Social Distancing Portrait 1 – Eva

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