• Writing
    Catherine Kidd

    Catherine Kidd is a writer and performer whose multimedia collaborations and solo works have toured extensively to festivals throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. Her solo show, Sea Peach, described as “an adult blend of Dr. Seu...

  • Visual Arts
    Anthony Burnham

    A graduate of Concordia’s fine arts program, painter, and vinyl sculptor Anthony Burnham has spent the past decade building his reputation as one of Quebec’s promising young visual artists. An alumnus of the 1999 France-Quebec Arts Exchange, Burnham’s artwork...

  • Visual Arts

    Evergon is an international award-winning photographer of, for the most part, queer subject matter. Ramboys: a Bookless Novel is about an imaginary race of half-satyr and half-urban hustlers and Manscapes is an exploration of gay cruising grounds. These repre...

  • Visual Arts
    Karen Trask

    Authors take the book form for granted as a vehicle of ideas, but for visual artist Karen Trask the book’s paper, print, binding, and potentials are themselves the center of a thriving body of work.   Weaving her unique vision of concrete poetry through mediums...

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.