Visual ArtsRick Leong
Rick Leong is a painter who brings a contemporary approach to traditional Chinese imagery. A third generation Chinese- Canadian, he paints delicate large-scale canvasses that often incorporate snakes, dragons, and landscapes – images used by ancient Chinese artists. Leon...
Paul Cargnello is an award-winning roots musician who has been bringing reggae and Cajun-influenced guitar work to mainstream audiences. His single, “Une Rose Noire,” from his last commercial release, Brûler le Jour, attained top-20...
WritingMary di Michele
A longstanding pillar of the creative writing program at Concordia University, the much-anthologized poet Mary di Michele is regarded as one of the country’s most prolific chroniclers in verse of the Italian-Canadian experience. Since her first volume, Tree of August...
Visual ArtsMarion Wagschal
The body figures prominently in celebrated painter Marion Wagschal’s work, but it’s often one that appears wrinkled, aged, and tired. In paintings such as the seventies-era Backyard and The Birthday Party, she foregoes the monumental to paint the ...
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.