WritingAnita Rau Badami
Anita Rau Badami launched her literary career while living in Calgary, when her graduate thesis, the novel Tamarind Men, was famously salvaged from the slush-pile and published to worldwide acclaim in 1996. She may have moved to Canada in 1991, but by then her p...
Visual ArtsCheryl Braganza
Born in India and having lived in Pakistan, Italy, the United Kingdom and Canada, painter Cheryl Braganza brings her global experiences to the message of optimism that shines through her artwork. A mainly self-taught and prolific artist, Braganza uses brilliant color and textu...
Named an Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the government of France in 2006, novelist and essayist Ann Charney has spent the past 35 years cultivating a broad literary career. Her 1975 debut novel, the widely translated Dobryd, has been reissued by ...
The Montreal Mirror called Lorne Elliott a “national treasure.” For 11 seasons (1995–2006) he hosted CBC radio’s Madly Off in all Directions, which criss-crossed Canada showcasing local comic and music talent in every corner of the country. Eac...
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.