Film and TelevisionCynthia Scott
Filmmaker has managed on several occasions to find wide audiences for artistic and innovative films. She won the 1983 Academy Award for her short documentary, Flamenco at 5:15. In 1990, she made the feature-length semi-documentary/semi-fiction f...
Sandy Silva has been teaching and performing percussive dance for over 20 years. Many companies have sought out her unique talents, including La Bottine Souriante, with whom she tours regularly, and Les 7 doigts de la main, for their ongoing Fibonacci project. The Mon...
Visual ArtsMelvin Charney
Montrealer Melvin Charney’s relationship with art and architecture can be traced back to confrontations over urban development, with Montréal plus ou moins, a 1972 exhibition that looked at quality of life after the massive changes of that era, and Co...
Active on both page and screen for over three decades, Montreal-born writer and broadcaster Merrily Weisbord’s broad cultural contributions include four books, five television shows, and a slew of journalism, short fiction, and poetry. In 1983 she emerged with the non-fi...
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.