WritingCarolyn Marie Souaid
As a three-time nominee of the Quebec Writers’ Federation A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry, Carolyn Marie Souaid’s reputation among Montreal’s current generation of poets is both secure and considerate. The current editor of one of the country’s top po...
Visual ArtsJeanie Riddle
Director and curator of the Parisian Laundry Gallery since 2005 Jeanie Riddle has steered this fledgling cultural venture, found along the northernmost reaches of St. Henri, into one of the city’s top hubs for daring creativity that pushes the boundaries of contemporary ...
Equally at ease in front of Quebec’s theatrical audiences as well as under the bright lights of Hollywood studios, bilingual actor Alain Goulem is a born-and-bred Montrealer whose work frequently takes him all over the continent. Goulem’s long career began with chi...
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 ...
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.