• Visual Arts
    Naomi London

    Naomi London has given her audiences big plush letters that lean over each other and spell out the word “hope,” knitted sweaters that wrap around heads and trees or sport enormously long arms and adorned walls with polka dots. The Montreal visual a...

  • Theatre
    Elsa Bolam

    After working with her husband, Maurice Podbrey, to establish the Centaur Theatre in the late sixties and seventies, director Elsa Bolam founded her own theatre in 1981, putting on plays for young audiences in Montreal and taking theatre to Quebec’s outlying English-spea...

  • Theatre
    Eric Davis

    Eric Davis is an actor committed to making art in Montreal. He says he has chosen this city (and country) over getting caught up in “the mainstream star system of our US neighbours.” Working with local theatres such as Tableau D’Hôte and Geordie Product...

  • Visual Arts
    Ana Rewakowicz

    Ana Rewakowicz creates whimsical art through inflatable sculptures that are worn or entered by the visitor. Her playful design and technological fascination explore private and public spaces, with Rewakowicz drawing inspiration from the experiences of the peop...

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.