• Visual Arts
    Nelson Henricks

    Nelson Henricks brings his musings to the medium of experimental video. In the six-minute piece, Satellite, Henricks juxtaposes images derived from old educational films with absurd, aphoristic slogans. Presented in 2004 at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, and later ...

  • Writing
    Joel Yanofsky

    A prominent literary journalist in Canadian letters, Joel Yanofsky has been documenting Montreal’s writers for over two decades. Among his most celebrated portraits is his 2004 memoir of the late Mordecai Richler, Mordecai & Me: An Appreciation of a Kind, wh...

  • Visual Arts
    Walter 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...

  • Visual Arts
    Nadia Myre

    Nadia Myre brings her Algonquin ancestry to her multidisciplinary art. From 2000–02, a group she led beaded over The Indian Act, a 55-page document. In 2005, she started The Scar Project, an ongoing “open lab,” where viewers sew their scars ...

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.