Film and TelevisionAlanis Obomsawin
Alanis Obomsawin has made over 30 documentaries on issues affecting Aboriginal people in Canada. She directed Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance, the 1993 feature-length film that won 18 international awards. It was the first of a series of four films about the 1990...
Visual ArtsNadia Myre
Nadia Myre brings her Algonquin ancestry to her multidisciplinary art. From 2000–02, a group she led beaded over The Indian Act, a 55-page document. In 2005, she started The Scar Project, an ongoing “open lab,” where viewers sew their scars ...
Founded in 1995 by native Montrealer Murray Lightburn, The Dears draft a more artful Britpop swagger onto the ragged framework of Boulevard St. Laurent romanticism. In 2000, local indie-label Grenadine Records released their debut album, End of a Hollywood Bedtime St...
Visual ArtsCarlos and Jason Sanchez
Brothers Carlos and Jason Sanchez, whose work together is often signed simply as The Sanchez Brothers, are young photographers who blow up the dimensions and conduct of an image to the size of the silver screen. Staging meticulously orchestrated scenarios in which every detail...
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.