L’Essor Artists Look To The Future

Making magnets during Arts Médiatique.Photo by Michelle Soullière.

Making magnets during Arts Médiatique.
Photo by Michelle Soullière.

(WINDSOR, ON) – Over the past three months, high school students in Tecumseh have been working with local artist Michelle Soullière on a Canada 150-themed exhibition. Soullière and the 35 grade 11 and 12 students from l’Essor high School explored traditional contemporary Canadian art and then created new multimedia work which imagines Canada’s future.

“Francophone youth in our region have a lot of meaningful and insightful opinions and ideas about our future in relation to the history of Canada’s formation,” Soullière said. “It’s worthwhile not only to give them a platform to express themselves but also to listen to what they have to say.”

The exhibition entitled Le contemporain du passé/le Canada du futur, which translates to The contemporary of the past/the Canada of the future, consists of a series of text-based looping videos displayed on wall-mounted monitors, a collection of individually handmade themed booklets with screen-printed covers and digitally printed interiors, prints of digitally created collages, paper-based screen-printed works, and a wall featuring hundreds of unique hand-crafted magnets.

The installation will be on display at Artspeak Gallery beginning April 25 through to April 28, during the hours of 1:00pm to 5:00pm on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, and 11:30am to 7:00pm on Wednesday. There will also be a free, public lunch, reception, and discussion on April 26, between 11:30am and 2:00pm.

A single page from a 12-page hand made art booklet by Lauren Laroque.Photo by Michelle Soullière.

A single page from a 12-page hand made art booklet by Lauren Laroque.
Photo by Michelle Soullière.

'Fire Will Trample Your Roots' digital collage by Christo Paradis and Mitchell Daudlin.Photo by Michelle Soullière.

‘Fire Will Trample Your Roots’ digital collage by Christo Paradis and Mitchell Daudlin.
Photo by Michelle Soullière.

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