Between Us: Adad Hannah’s Social Distancing Portraits


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Courage wears many faces.  On March 14, 2020, at the outset of a global pandemic, artist Adad Hannah took to the streets of Vancouver to record this pivotal moment in time. Over the span of a year he created 237 tableaux-vivants of everyday people that capture our hearts, our solidarity and our resilience.

Hannah’s series recalls the trajectories of our experiences, from the first weeks of uncertainty in our homes, to the societal ruptures brought to the fore by the Black Lives Matter movement, to our hesitant and choreographed returns to and retreats from work and school, to vaccine rollouts.

The book features Hannah’s photographs and recollections from each of the sitters. Readers can also access the video portraits, or tableaux vivants, and soundscapes through their mobile devices using a QR code.

With stunning photography, unique sound compositions that can be uplifting, unsettling or serene, alongside personal narratives from his sitters, Hannah’s series personifies our varied emotional journeys.

Between Us includes a foreword by novelist William Gibson and essays by Royal BC Museum curators Dr. India Rael Young and Dr. Tzu-I Chung.

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May 5th 2023, 240 pages

ISBN 9780772680907


Adad Hannah creates epochal, serial artworks through installations, video, and photography. He holds a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art + Design, and an MFA and a PhD from Concordia University. His work has been recently exhibited across Canada and internationally and is represented in public collections globally. He has won a number of awards, including the Canada Council for the Arts’ Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award for outstanding mid-career artists in 2009. He was born in New York and has called Vancouver, BC, home for many years.

Dr. India Rael Young is the curator of art and images at the Royal BC Museum and an adjunct professor at the University of Victoria. Young’s scholarship and exhibitions trace North American art histories through feminist, decolonial, and critical race frameworks. Her curatorship has brought exhibitions of media arts to museums and galleries internationally. Young holds a BA from Eugene Lang College, the New School, and a PhD in art history from the University of New Mexico.

Dr. Tzu-I Chung is a cultural and social historian specializing in the study of transnational migration within the context of historical, cultural and economic exchange. As curator of history at the Royal BC Museum, she has developed and led award-winning, cross-sectoral, community heritage research and legacy projects. Her ongoing intercultural initiatives and research have informed numerous regional and international lectures and exhibitions, K-12 curriculum development, educational tools, and public and academic publications on the topics of anti-racism, cross-cultural community histories and critical heritage studies.

Brigitte Dajczer is a highly versatile and award-winning composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist who creates music for film, games, television and streaming media. Firmly rooted in years of experience touring, performing and scoring as the performing artist Briga, her work spans across many genres: from orchestral, to electronic, to songwriting, to eastern European and Balkan folk music and more.

Daniel Ingram is an award-winning, five-time Emmy-nominated Canadian songwriter and composer. He has written songs for stars such as Emily Blunt, Zoey Saldana, Kristin Chenoweth, Lena Hall, Weird Al Yankovic, Rachel Bloom, and many others, as well as scoring hundreds of episodes of television.

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Dimensions 5.51 × 7.99 in


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