Film and TelevisionTracey Deer
From the age of 12, Tracey Deer wanted to be a filmmaker. After studying film at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, she now makes award-winning films that offer a glimpse into Aboriginal issues. In Club Native (2008), Deer looks deeply into the ...
Anarchist, activist, and unconventional artist, Norman Nawrocki embodies the bohemianism, punk audacity, and individualistic verve of Montreal’s creative independence. Born in Vancouver, he arrived to Quebec in 1981, where he at first dabbled in the cabaret arts.&n...
Playwright and arts communitarian Anna Fuerstenberg has been active on the Montreal scene from a very young age, when she won a scholarship to the Montreal Theatre School. Having been born in post-war refugee camps outside Stuttgart, she took decisive advantage of the sc...
Anna Papadakos is an innovative artist and producer whose work has left its mark on the Montreal theatre scene, as well as being presented nationally and internationally. Born in Montreal, Papadakos moved back in her twenties to study Literature at Concordia Univer...
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.