Quebec" is based on a large panoramic photograph dating of 1915 re-printed
using lithography and screenprint. The photograph of a Troupe Expeditionaire was
a still portrait of an historical moment. These men were going to put Quebec
on an international level. Upon embarking on their voyage to England and
then on to France they were representing a group who until then had no political
or cultural weight.
making of St-Jean, Quebec furthered my research in two distinct
areas. First visually by stretching the position of printmaking as a tool
for visual communication. Second by researching my own French Canadian heritage
and its recent history.
St-Jean, Quebec is based on the discovery of a large 1915 panoramic photograph taken from St-Jean dHibervilles archives. The photograph was of a particular battalion that was made up of seven hundred and fifty soldiers. With the help of this photograph I was able to research the lives of French Canadian men who were trained then sent away to Europe to fight the First World War. Two of my uncles, Octave and Alexandre were located somewhere in this photograph. As I searched for them I began to question their time and what it meant to be a French Canadian back then. I couldnt help compare the historical reality of theirs and the current increasing political turmoil in mine.