Burghers of Seoul

 

Videos

Burghers of Seoul (side 1)
2006, SD video, 9 min 16s. Edition of 7

 

Burghers of Seoul (side 2)
2006, SD video, 9 min 16s. Edition of 7

 

Starting with Adad Hannah’s most recent piece, Burghers of Seoul, this exhibition brings together works by this artist that take as their point of departure narrative models or conventions stemming from the history of art. The idea of replaying and reconsidering conventions in order to recast them began with Museum Stills. Filmed in various museums, these videos form a series of tableaux vivants in which immobile "actors” re-contextualize painterly scenes or behaviours induced by the conventions of the image or the museum context. This line of study would continue with Burghers of Seoul, which gives us a video reconstruction of Auguste Rodin’s The Burghers of Calais (1884-1895). In the Museum Stills series, the camera remained still while the characters held their poses; with this later piece, however, Hannah filmed immobile bodies by making use of the moving image. In a continuous dolly shot, the camera moved around Rodin’s sculpture, capturing through its movement the six male bodies sculpted in stone. As the title indicates, the famous sculpture was thereby recast in a series of redistributions of roles and shots, with an initial reconstruction involving performances by motorcycle couriers in Seoul, South Korea. In this way, Hannah filmed something immobile so that it could be perceived in terms of movement. Rodin’s sculpture thereby became the point of departure for a narrative and temporal exploration that extended its potential for interpretation. This reconstruction of Rodin’s The Burghers of Calaisre-actualizes the Modernist myth of the separation of the arts of time and space, and reintroduces the problem of narration posed by modernism. - Marie Fraser, Curator, 10th edition of Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal: Replaying Narrative

 

Burghers of Seoul, View of suspended screen looking East,
Leonard and Bina Ellen Gallery, 2007

Burghers of Seoul, View of suspended screen looking West,
Leonard and Bina Ellen Gallery, 2007

Burghers of Seoul, View of suspended screen looking West,
Leonard and Bina Ellen Gallery, 2007

Burghers of Seoul, View of suspended screen looking East,
Leonard and Bina Ellen Gallery, 2007

 

Photographs

Burghers of Seoul Collage #4
2006, colour photograph, épreuve photographique couleur
46 x 61 cm / 18 x 24 in. Edition of 5

Burghers of Seoul Collage #9
2006, colour photograph
46 x 61 cm / 18 x 24 in. Edition of 5

Burghers of Seoul Collage #1
2006, colour photograph
46 x 61 cm / 18 x 24 in. Edition of 5

Burghers of Seoul Collage #3
2006, colour photograph
46 x 61 cm / 18 x 24 in. Edition of 5

Burghers of Seoul Collage #8
2006, colour photograph
46 x 61 cm / 18 x 24 in. Edition of 5

Burghers of Seoul Collage #7
2006, colour photograph
46 x 61 cm / 18 x 24 in. Edition of 5

Burghers of Seoul Collage #10
2006, colour photograph
46 x 61 cm / 18 x 24 in. Edition of 5

Burghers of Seoul Collage #12
2006, colour photograph
46 x 61 cm / 18 x 24 in. Edition of 5

Burghers of Seoul Collage #13
2006, colour photograph
46 x 61 cm / 18 x 24 in. Edition of 5

 

Production Images

 

This project has been presented in the following exhibitions:

2010, Peinture de genre comme figure de Still, Musée d'art contemporain des Laurentides, Quebec. 
         Curated by Éloi Desjardins. Catalog produced.
2008, 10th Anniversary Exhibition, SSamzie Space, Seoul, South Korea.
2007, Adad Hannah: Recast and Reshoot, Mois de la Photo, Leonard and Bina Ellen Gallery, Montréal.
          Curated by Marie Fraser.