HELENA MARTIN FRANCO AND GENEVIÈVE LETARTE
ELLES PARLENT ÉLÉPHANT
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Helena Martin Franco was born in Cartagena, Colombia. She has been living and working in Montreal since 1998. With a graduate degree in visual and media arts from Université du Québec à Montréal, she is part of many visual art collectives, including Quebec-based L’Araignée. In her work, Martin Franco tries to build bridges between these collectives and cultural organizations in order to ease the confluence and exchange of various artistic practices, notably between Canada and Columbia. Her interdisciplinary practice explores the blending of different artistic processes and the crossbreeding between traditional techniques and new technologies. Starting from self-biographical fictions, she unveils the permeability of the borders separating cultural, national and gender identities by pitting action, image and text against each other.
Geneviève Letarte lives in Montreal where she practices writing in multiple forms. She's the author of several novels including Souvent la nuit tu te réveilles (l’Hexagone, 2002) and Les Vertiges Molino (Leméac, 1996), of two anthologies of poems published in the Écrits des Forges : L’année d’après (2014) and Tout bas très fort (2004), and a poetic notebook entitled Bruxelles, dedans dehors published in 2018 by Maëlström in Brussels. Also active in cultural mediation and public art, Geneviève Letarte was co-curator with Fortner Anderson for the project L’Inventaire des faits dans neuf lieux de Montréal, un après-midi d’été, winner of the prize Poésie dans la cité, 2018. In 2014, she participated as a poet in the Écritures publiques project led by the multidisciplinary artist-run centres Dare-Dare in Montreal.
Du to the recent directives from the Quebec government, Galerie B-312 temporarily suspends its activities. The gallery will be closed to the public from March 17 2020 for an indefinite period.
Geneviève Letarte et Helena Martin Franco create a performative dialogue to embody a double portrait of the elephant woman.