Visual ArtsWalter Scott
Blending pop art and surreal comic elements into the world of silk-screening, recent Concordia Fine Arts graduate Walter Scott has come out of the gates abuzz with productivity. His visual work, which often employs an indie/punk aesthetic similar to that of fellow Montreale...
In the early nineties, Robyn Sarah wrote a short story called Accept My Story. The story was more than accepted: it took home a National Magazine Award and a Journey Prize nomination. Despite her success in the short story genre, Sarah is more widely ...
WritingAdam Leith Gollner
Son of writer and Blue Metropolis founder Linda Leith, Adam Leith Gollner has quickly cemented a reputation of his own as a writer of eclectic and ponderous non-fiction. Born and raised in Montreal, his youthful writing was decidedly more pop-culturally re...
WritingClaire Holden Rothman
The year 2009 was a breakthrough one for Montreal writer Claire Holden Rothman. The Heart Specialist, her ambitious historical novel, was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, named one of Quill & Quire’s 15 most important books of 2009, and readers ke...
The vision behind ELAN’s Recognizing Artists: Enfin Visibles ! project was simple: Artists need to be part of a community, and communities need artists. Quebec is not simple. It is a complex mix of linguistic, geographic and cultural communities. Most of Quebec’s “English-speaking” artists are bilingual, trilingual or multilingual. Many were born in Quebec where their families have lived for generations, while others immigrated here as children or were drawn as adults for a wide variety of reasons. RAEV reveals a surprising diversity of stories.
Peers and fans proposed more than 1,700 artists for ELAN's RAEV project. The 154 artists selected for this “group portrait” represent multiple artistic disciplines, regions and career stages: from internationally renowned icons to emerging artists creating a buzz in the local scene. These short bios are a snapshot of a much larger artistic community.*
The videoclips show 24 artists at work and ask questions about what it means to be part of a minority community that is also connected to an international linguistic majority. Being a minority/majority within a majority/minority creates unpredictable identities.
These essays place the current artistic renaissance in a historical context, outlining major characters, events and previously undocumented stories. The interactive format invites readers to enrich the content by adding their own anecdotes and personal memories.
*Note: The RAEV project features living artists but in the future we will be adding a section to honour the memory of artists from past generations.