Adad Hannah
The Decameron Retold (after Cymon and Iphigenia, West)
Image courtesy of Equinox Gallery and Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain
Produced with the support of the Richmond Art Gallery and the community of Richmond. Supported by the Canada Council New Chapter programme.

Adad Hannah
The Decameron Retold (after The Decameron, Waterhouse)
Image courtesy of Equinox Gallery and Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain
Produced with the support of the Richmond Art Gallery and the community of Richmond. Supported by the Canada Council New Chapter programme.

Adad Hannah
The Decameron Retold (after Il Decameron, Falkman)
Image courtesy of Equinox Gallery and Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain
Produced with the support of the Richmond Art Gallery and the community of Richmond. Supported by the Canada Council New Chapter programme.

Adad Hannah
The Decameron Retold (after Isabella and the Pot of Basil, Hunt)
Image courtesy of Equinox Gallery and Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain
Produced with the support of the Richmond Art Gallery and the community of Richmond. Supported by the Canada Council New Chapter programme.

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Adad Hannah
The Decameron Retold (after Cymon and Iphigenia, West)
Image courtesy of Equinox Gallery and Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain
Produced with the support of the Richmond Art Gallery and the community of Richmond. Supported by the Canada Council New Chapter programme.

Adad Hannah
The Decameron Retold (after The Decameron, Waterhouse)
Image courtesy of Equinox Gallery and Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain
Produced with the support of the Richmond Art Gallery and the community of Richmond. Supported by the Canada Council New Chapter programme.

Adad Hannah
The Decameron Retold (after Il Decameron, Falkman)
Image courtesy of Equinox Gallery and Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain
Produced with the support of the Richmond Art Gallery and the community of Richmond. Supported by the Canada Council New Chapter programme.

Adad Hannah
The Decameron Retold (after Isabella and the Pot of Basil, Hunt)
Image courtesy of Equinox Gallery and Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain
Produced with the support of the Richmond Art Gallery and the community of Richmond. Supported by the Canada Council New Chapter programme.

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The Decameron Retold

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M–F: 10 am–6 pm; Sa&Su: 10 am–5 pm

Adad Hannah’s The Decameron Retold (2019) is a new work commissioned by the Richmond Art Gallery based on the fourteenth-century literary work The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio. The medieval collection of novellas comprises one hundred tales told over ten days by ten young women and men sequestered in a villa outside of Florence to escape the black plague.

For the exhibition, Hannah has created a series of video tableaux vivants using Boccaccio’s frame narrative as the departure point. Working with community members in front of and behind the camera and incorporating local stories gathered through an open call, the artist invited participants to lay their own stories over The Decameron’s structure. This new narrative expands Hannah’s typical improvisational approach to production and community engagement.

Hannah is well known for his photographic and video works that explore the performative and cinematic potential of tableaux vivants. He has produced community-based projects around the world, from Senegal to Australia to the United States, as well as across Canada. This is his first large-scale community project in the Lower Mainland.

This project is generously supported by Canada Council for the Arts New Chapter program

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