WritingClaire Holden Rothman
The year 2009 was a breakthrough one for Montreal writer Claire Holden Rothman. The Heart Specialist, her ambitious historical novel, was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, named one of Quill & Quire’s 15 most important books of 2009, and readers ke...
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...
Drawn into the world of dance through the Trojan horse of theatre, Vancouverite Deborah Dunn first arrived in Montreal in the mid-eighties to pursue a truncated degree at Concordia, only to leave again a year later. But when she returned to the city in her early thirties, it w...
Visual ArtsAndrea Szilasi
Whether her subject is de-contextualized body parts floating randomly in space or nudes self-consciously set in nature, visual artist Andrea Szilasi’s creativity stems from the alienation of human anatomy. Born in Montreal in 1964, Szilasi may use photography as th...
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.