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 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...
One of Canada’s most accomplished clarinetists, Lori Freedman boasts a critically acclaimed career that runs over three decades and displays her equally at home in both contemporary classical and avant-garde settings. Since 1981, her work has appeared on over 28 CDs, and...
MusicAIDS Wolf / Seripop
Blending elements of post-hardcore sludge, white-noise peaks, and no-wave skittishness into one loud hammer attack of riffage, Montreal’s AIDS Wolf are among one of the heaviest and most notorious underground rock bands to break off the Main in the past decade. &nbs...
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.