Exhibit at Le Labo !

From January 17th until March 31st, 2024

As part as the project 6 degrés, territoires de narration, Le Labo is looking for francophone and francophile people experiencing challenges related to gender or feminity to participate in an artistic, participatory, feminist and engaged project centered around letters that question identity, gender, and patriarchy.

We invite you to take part in a letter exchange that will transform into an exhibition curated by Dyana Ouvrard, open to the public from Friday, March 8, to Sunday, March 31, 2024, at Le Labo – Francophone Media Arts Centre in Toronto.

Following the correspondences of the initiating artists Noémie Roy, Julie Lassonde, Sophie Dumesny, Éveline Boudreau and Laura Demers, written in the spring of 2023, and the 155 letters received during Nuit Blanche 2023, we wish to provide you with a safe space to express the questions that resonate with you as a woman

Come express you sincerity and offer us your authentic and intimate self-portrait. You have the choice between a handwritten or typed letter, or even a drawing !

Opening hours of Le Labo : monday to friday, from 10 a.m to 5 p.m 17h, in January.

Equipment available : paper, pencils, pens, markers, computer.

Letter submission : by email to 6degres@lelabo.ca, by Canada Post or directly at Le Labo.

Consult the artists’ letters : digital version

Don’t miss the « electronic readings » evening at Le Labo on Friday, February 2nd, starting at 6 p.m : an opportunity to read and/or listen to letters written as part as 6 degrés, territoires de narration, in a warm and intimate atmosphere.

« Listening is a complex art, and I have learned [with Motet] that the exhibition space is part of the instruments. »

Janet Cardiff, canadian artist

To learn more about the project, its intentions and the participating artists, click here. The first letters are available digitally at this link and in audio format below (accessible on all listening platforms).

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

1. What is meant by francophone or francophile ?

Francophile : a person who has a strong affinity with the french language and/or the history of francophonie in Canada.

Francophone : according to the inclusive definition of francophone by the Government of Ontario*, « individuals whose mother tongue is French, as well as those whose mother tongue is neither French nor English but who have a particular knowledge of French as an official language and use French at home. »

* The Francophone population of Ontario is culturally diverse and includes individuals from countries across the Francophone world. For many Francophones, the arts serve as a vital connection between language and cultural identity, and Francophone artists in Ontario are highly valued by their communities. As Francophone individuals and communities are dispersed throughout Ontario, Francophone artists and artistic organizations may face particular challenges.

The artist or curator presenting the project must be able to communicate in French and create a bilingual context for the exhibition. If the curator is Francophone or Francophile, the presented artist does not have to be, and vice versa.

2. What do we mean by media art ?

We refer to artworks involving the recording of images, sounds, new technologies in the broadest sense possible. We are very open to discovering projects of all mediums if they involve technology at any stage of the process or result.

3.Will the letters received as part of the call for participation be exhibited at Le Labo?

Yes, if Le Labo does not receive any objection from the author of the letter, it may be exhibited in the space of Le Labo during the 6 degrees, territories of narration exhibition from March 8 to March 31, 2024.

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