Adad Hannah | Lois Andison


Adad Hannah: Glints and Reflections // Lois Andison: all the world began with a yes
Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery

Artist Talk and Opening Reception
Friday 1 November

Artist Talk with Adad Hannah, 7:00 pm
Public Reception to follow at 8:00 pm

Join us in celebrating the opening of the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery’s fall exhibitions. The evening will begin with a free Artist Talk featuring Adad Hannah at 7:00 pm, to be followed by a public reception from 8:00 pm. Everyone is welcome!

Adad Hannah: Glints and Reflections
Curated by Lynn Bannon and Anne-Marie St-Jean Aubre
Produced and circulated by the Musée d’art de Joliette

24 October 2019-2 February 2020

Adad Hannah’s “living pictures” play with the fascinated and attentive eye of the spectator by using dynamic modes of expression such as photography, video, installation and performance to generate the still image. This exhibition brings together key works made in the past decade that focus on his enduring interest in the photographic image in relation to personal and social histories.

Hannah skillfully orchestrates scenes in which participants, whose gestures are fixed without being totally immobile, take part in various activities staged by the artist. Often developing his projects over months or years through intensive research and working with large groups of participants in community workshops, Hannah’s staged images draw on references ranging from celebrated historical paintings and sculptures to scenes of everyday lives.

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 lives and works in Vancouver and exhibits his work nationally and internationally.

Adad Hannah: Glints and Reflections is generously supported by The Musagetes Fund held at Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation and the Allan MacKay Curatorial Endowment Fund, established by the Musagetes Arts and Culture Fund.


Lois Andison: all the world began with a yes
Curated by Crystal Mowry

4 October 2019-12 January 2020

all the world began with a yes marks the KWAG premiere of two works recently acquired for KWAG’s Permanent Collection. In threading water, a solitary swimmer moves through a body of water with a giant comb, much like the one that Andison has realized as a sculpture. Balancing agility and stamina, the swimmer performs a surrealist gesture shaped by a subtle play on words between a grooming technique to remove hair (threading) and the act of staying afloat in water through constant movement (treading). At once humorous and poetic, these works allow us to see a swimmer as both a stylus and an agent of change.

Lois Andison is a sculptor and installation artist who works primarily in the field of kinetic sculpture. She is currently an Associate Professor in the Fine Arts Department of the University of Waterloo and is represented by Olga Korper Gallery, Toronto and Art Mǔr, Montréal.

Related Programs:

Feast for the Senses 10 – Chef Dan McCowan of Red House in Uptown Waterloo presents a five-course tasting menu with drink pairings inspired by Adad Hannah: Glints and Reflections on Thursday 14 November from 7-10 pm. Supported by Gowling WLG.

Walk the Talk: Gallery Tour – A free guided tour of our fall exhibitions will be offered on Thursday 5 December at 6:30 pm. Supported by the Gamble Family.


Artist Talks at KWAG are kindly supported by Momentum Developments and Sorbara Law.

Free admission to all exhibitions is sponsored by Sun Life Financial.

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Images (from top):
Adad Hannah, Raft of the Medusa (100 Mile House) 8, 2009. Colour photograph, 100.5 x 133.5 cm. © Adad Hannah.
Lois Andison, threading water, 2014. Video projection, 00:11:52min. Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery Collection. gift of the artist, 2019. © Lois Andison. Courtesy of the Artist and Olga Korper Gallery.