Community-based voicings and media performances by eleven Franco-Manitobans.
In Winnipeg, eleven established and newly arrived Franco-Manitobans participated in a series of workshops that were developed and facilitated by myself in collaboration with pedagogue Yves Amyot from Centre Turbine (Montreal, QC). I was invited as an artist-in-residence at the Maison des Artistes Visuels to conduct a series of workshops with members of the French-speaking community of Winnipeg. During the workshops, participants and I talked about our personal experience and identity as francophones. Looking at 'la francophonie' through the lens of conflict, de/colonialism, migration, family and culture, I collected different types of media, audio-visual and performative content that features the life-chapters and convictions of each participant.
I was invited to go back to Winnipeg's Maison de Artistes in December 2019 to present Pavillon, which consists of a video articulation of the media and storytelling we produced during my residency.
Opening: December 5, 2019 - 7PM
Premiere: December 5, 2019 - 5PM with Q&A with participants and the artist (open to media)
The artist would like to thank Anass, Babs, Chantal, Chargache, Cédelynne, Danica, Joanne, Mike, Omar Tahar, Ousseni, and Youssef for their generosity, expertise and participation.
The artist would also like to thank Centre Turbine for organizing the community-based Artist-in-residence project. The artist would like to thank the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec, as well as Accueil Francophone, Pluri-Elles, Secrétariat aux relations canadiennes & Maison des artistes visuels francophones for their support in this initiative.