In Judaism, the expression “L’dor va dor,” which translates from the Hebrew as “from generation to generation,” is a command to pass on stories and beliefs from one generation to the next. Through the years, this concept has been interpreted as the importance of passing on one’s cultural heritage to the next generation. Three Generations celebrates and codifies the moment when Sally Gross becomes an artist – instilling in her daughter, and eventually her grandson, this artistic impulse. It is a visual fulfillment of “L’dor va dor” showing three generations flourishing as art makers.
With Three Generations (Kodiak Art Club, 1953), Hannah set out to further explore the parameters of the photograph: how meaning is produced, how the artifice of the tableau vivant affects this process, and how layers of reproduction complicate viewing. In the course of re-animating a pivotal period from his own family’s history, he has activated the story within this contemporary moment, permitting new understandings about himself and his artistic impulse, his relationship with his mother and grandmother, as well as their relationship with one another.
Adad Hannah was born in New York in 1971, spent his childhood in Israel and England, and moved to Vancouver in the early 1980s. He currently lives and works in Vancouver. He has exhibited widely on the international scene, including the Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art (Seoul 2013), Museo Tamayo (Mexico City 2012), Prague Biennial 5 (2011), 5th International Video Art Biennial at the Israeli Center for Digital Art (Holon 2011), Canadian Biennial at the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa 2011), Australian Centre for Photography (Sydney 2010), Liverpool Biennial (2010), Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum (Ridgefield, Connecticut 2010), Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (2008, 2009), Zendai MoMA (Shanghai 2009), Vancouver Art Gallery (2007), Ikon Gallery (Birmingham 2006), 4th Seoul International Media Art Biennale (2006), La Casa Encendida (Madrid 2006) and Viper Basel (2004). Hannah won the Toronto Images Festival Installation/New Media Award in 2004, and the Bogdanka Poznanović Award at Videomedeja 8. He has produced works at museums including the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, National Gallery of Canada, Vancouver Art Gallery, Rodin Gallery (Seoul), and Prado Museum (Madrid). His works are in many public collections, and he is represented by Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain in Montreal and Equinox Gallery in Vancouver.
Dara Solomon is currently the Director of the Ontario Jewish Archives, Blankenstein Family Heritage Centre (OJA). During her tenure, which started in 2012, she has expanded access to the collection in print, online, and other media. Prior to joining the OJA, Solomon was the Curator at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco. She also served in the curatorial department of the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum for six years. Solomon holds an MA in Arts Administration from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BA from the University of Toronto.
Design: Tony Hewer | Editing: Shannon Anderson
Digital publication to the exhibition Adad Hannah: Three Generations (Kodiak Art Club, 1953)
Presented by the Koffler Gallery | April 24 to June 8, 2014 | Curator: Mona Flip
© Koffler Centre of the Arts, 2014, in collaboration with the individual contributors. All rights reserved. ISBN 978-1-928175-01-8.