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Social Distancing Portraits

Social Distancing Portraits 

“On March 14th I got frustrated with feeling paralyzed - sitting at home endlessly reading the news - and decided to do the only thing I'm qualified to do and make some art. I put a long lens on my camera and headed out by foot. As I walked towards the shopping centre I asked people from a distance if I could take their pictures from far away. Many said no, but some said yes. I wanted to see if I could capture this strange tense in-between moment we are currently in. Things are changing fast yet we're also sort of stuck in time not knowing what comes next. I’ll keep doing this as long as it makes sense - I’m hoping this project doesn’t last too long. These videos are all shot from at least 5m away with a long lens. These unedited videos try to record in real-time this strange period we are all in together.”

- Adad Hannah


It is a privilege for us to be able to share a selection of this new work by Adad Hannah. The Musée d’art de Joliette thanks the artist for this kind authorization. See the latest on or on Instagram @adadhannah

Our Glints and Reflections exhibition, curated by Lynn Bannon and Anne-Marie St-Jean Aubre, will be presented this fall at The Rooms, Newfoundland.

Adad Hannah, Social Distancing Video Portrait 55 (babies don't do still edition), 2020.


"My maternity leave was supposed to end on Monday, so now it’s just continuing in some way. We have had to readjust our expectations for sure. I think we’re in it for the long-haul. Everyone is betting on a vaccine but it’s not that easy. Maybe we need to step back from this globalized world?"

Kate and Quincy



"It’s been a little surreal. I work in investment banking so my work is pretty much zero these days. Everyone took on too much debt for the last ten years and now there’s going to be some brutalness. It’s all a nightmare."



Music composed by Brigitte Dajczer @brigamusic


Ulric Lamarche, Portrait de Dr Adelstan de Martigny, 1901


Inconnu, Saint Jean Batiste prêchant, 1650 

Louise Gadbois, La femme au coussin rose, 1939-1940


Inconnu, Christ, date inconnue


Inconnu, La Sainte Famille, date inconnue

Louise Gadbois, Portrait de jeune fille, 1943

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Inconnu, Repentir de saint Pierre, date inconnue


R. Faldi, Saint Jérôme, 1848

Inconnu, Noces mystiques de sainte Catherine, d'après le Corrège, date inconnue


Alfred Laliberté, Bella Matribus Detestata [Les mères détestent la guerre], date inconnue

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Inconnu, Vierge et Enfant, 1799 


Joseph Dynes, Prédication de Saint Paul, 1875

Inconnu, La Dernière Cène, 1930


Pierre Eugène Émile Hébert, Bronze, 1850 c

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