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.”