Biographies: Un regard contemporain sur l’Acadie
October 16, 2008
By Mike Landry
Jennifer Bélanger likes to think of herself as an adopted Acadian. Although she was born in Edmundston her parents were both from Ontario. With a last name like Bélanger it’s not hard for her to pass for l’Acadie.
But it could be that her own personal mixed notion of identity is playing a role in a new exhibition she’s co-curating with full-on Acadian Mario Doucette called Biographies: Un regard contemporain sur l’Acadie. The show brings together eight contemporary Acadian artists who deal directly or indirectly with notions of identity. It’s a theme that may be influenced, but Bélanger says isn’t limited to, Acadian heritage.
“I tend to look at these artists in a broader way. To see what they’re doing within the whole spectrum of contemporary art. The fact they’re Acadian, I suppose, it’s secondary for me. But that might be because I’m not really Acadian.”
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