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Adad Hannah: The Sewing Room

Surrey Art Gallery,
Ends October 1, 2000

Adad Hannah (2000),

Adad Hannah was raised in a family of professional clowns and puppeteers. He grew up performing on streets and in theatres throughout Europe and North America. Today he is a graduate of the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design and the director of a troupe of performing artists known as The Human Faux Pas. This exhibit presents artworks ranging from paintings and prints to installations and collaborative assemblages. With fabric as his prime media, Hannah sews costumes and builds props that document his unusual life. Whether stuffed, draped or worn, under his tutelage the materials take on new forms of life and expression. Many of the items are collective works created by his family and friends as well as members of the SAG community. Visitors to the exhibit are invited to bring their own fabric scraps to the gallery, and to use one of the sewing machines on site either to sew original pieces or to contribute to Hannah's display. The artist will be in attendance the first Saturday of each month between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. to share with them the act of sewing and dispense snacks.

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