“A work of art does not simply observe reality,” says ballet dancer Benjamin Hatcher, “It is purposeful, inspires us to achieve greater awareness, and brings about change.” Such are the philosophical underpinnings behind the graceful movements of ...
Krista Muir is a composer and musician who performed under her alter ego Lederhosen Lucil for six years until she fell in love with the ukulele in 2006. As Lucil, she played vintage keyboard electro pop and released several independent singles and two full-length albums, H...
J. R. Carpenter is a new media artist, fiction writer, poet, essayist, performer and pioneering author of electronic literature. Since she began using the web as a medium for the creation and dissemination of non-linear, intertextual, hypermedia narratives in 1995, her web-bas...
Born at the Royal Victoria Hospital, and raised variously in NDG and St. Lambert, lifelong Montrealer Cat Lemieux is a French-Canadian who has made her fluent bilingualism a virtue and a cornerstone of her acting career. A graduate of Dawson College’s Theatre Perfo...
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.