Jul 8 → Nov 29
This group show explores the complex and multiple meanings of diaspora, its condition, and its experiences as expressed through painting
451 Saint-Jean Street
Room G0 (basement)
March 16—May 22, 2022
Wednesday to Friday: 12 PM—7 PM
Saturday and Sunday: 11 AM—6 PM
May 28, 29: 11 AM—6 PM
June 4, 5: 11 AM—6 PM
Free admission No reservations required
A collaboration with the Paul-Gérin-Lajoie d’Outremont High School
Pouvoir is the result of a collaboration between the team at Paul-Gérin-Lajoie d’Outremont High School (PGLO)—Mélissa Lefebvre, drama teacher, Nathalie Vézina, French teacher for recently emigrated young students—and the PHI Foundation.
Taking as their starting point a creative activity related to the exhibition RELATIONS: Diaspora and Painting, Nathalie, Mélissa and their students created a multi-faceted project consisting of drawings, texts, posters and the powerful and moving short documentary film Pouvoir, directed by Paul Tom and presented in this mini-exhibition.
Paul-Gérin-Lajoie d’Outremont High School
The mission of Paul-Gérin-Lajoie-d’Outremont High School is to create an environment conducive to the achievement of the mission of Quebec schools: to educate, qualify and socialize. In its living environment, it promotes respect for oneself, others and the environment and encourages students to be open to others and to develop a social conscience. The school is known for its Drama Concentration, which explores theatre in all its forms.
Mélissa Lefebvre holds a bachelor's degree in dramatic arts education from UQÀM’s École Supérieure de théâtre. She has written and directed numerous plays for various groups of students, always placing them at the heart of the creative process. Her interest in collaborating with young students who have recently emigrated to Canada led her to produce a number of projects, including the theatrical work and documentary Bagages, which has won several awards in Québec and internationally.
Nathalie Vézina teaches French in a class for recently emigrated young students in Montréal. Her pedagogical approach uses art and culture as raw material. Adhering to the principle of the teacher as a cultural facilitator, she increases the number of opportunities to get involved in meaningful projects. She has participated in cultural mediation activities, notably with the PHI Foundation and the Fondation de la Place des Arts. Through authentic experiences, her students are able to get to know themselves and their host country. She collaborated on the film project Bagages and contributed to the creation of the poetry album Bagages - Mon histoire.
For 10 years, Paul Tom has been drawing on people’s intimate experiences to tell their life stories with great sensitivity and care. His films give a voice to those who are not always heard, aiming to create and sustain an open dialogue with them. Born in a refugee camp in Thailand, his work explores the construction of identity, family relationships and everything that touches the fragile side of humanity. His films Seuls and Bagages have been selected by some forty festivals around the world and have won a dozen awards.
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