Social Distancing Portraits Adad Hannah



Sat, Jul 17th, 2021 to Sun, Nov 14th, 2021


10:00 am to 5:00 pm


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.


Kelowna Art Gallery

1315 Water Street, Kelowna


For more info: