Few contemporary authors have received international acclaim as quickly as Lebanese writer/photographer Rawi Hage. In rapid succession, he published two of the most widely discussed Canadian novels of the past decade: De Niro’s Game (2006) and Cockroach
Visual ArtsNadia 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 ...
Montrealer Dimitri Nasrallah is a novelist, short story writer, and music critic. His novel, Blackbodying, about two Lebanese citizens and their differing routes to Canada, was co-winner of the Quebec Writers’ Federation McAuslan First Book Award and a finalist ...
Blending elements of poetry, song, and spoken word, Ian Ferrier’s one-of-a-kind performance art delivers a medley of literariness and popular culture. Musically rooted in blues-driven inquiries into love, sex, and death, and poetically rooted in the cosmology of the Beat...
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.