In the early nineties, Robyn Sarah wrote a short story called Accept My Story. The story was more than accepted: it took home a National Magazine Award and a Journey Prize nomination. Despite her success in the short story genre, Sarah is more widely ...
In 2001, artist Louis Rastelli did something unique in the area of arts promotion. He created the Distroboto. The machines, found in various cafés, bars and bookstores in Montreal, sell art, crafts, music, film, and writing out of former cigarette machines.
A bold and expressive newcomer to the world of contemporary dance, Dana Michel brings a high standard of athleticism to her creative movement. Prior to shifting her life into dance at the age of twenty-five, she was a track-and-field competitor. A graduate of the Concordia dan...
Visual ArtsDaniel Olson
Daniel Olson is an installation artist and sculptor whose detailed and sometimes haunting work has been seen in countless galleries across Canada. His eye for detail comes across in the 1998 installation, Private Investigation, which recreates a classic private ey...
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.