The Promenade, Jean-Noël Desmarais Pavilion – Level S1
Intolerance toward the “other,” whose skin colour, religion or origin differs from that of the majority, is growing and jeopardizing community harmony and social peace. Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom synagogue is collaborating with the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts on the project Hybrid Identities – Meeting the “Other” in a World in Movement, aimed at fostering dialogue and openness among teens aged 14 to 16 who represent various cultural communities. Also participating in the project were Montreal City Mission, a community organization, Collège de Montréal and Westmount High School.
The project’s title, Hybrid Identities, is inspired by the postcolonial theories on cultural hybridity of Homi K. Bhabba, a renowned scholar and critical theorist, whose notions resonate in the context of our society’s cultural diversity. The project also echoes the exhibition Connections, presented at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.
In small groups made up of members from each participating organization, the teens created collective works of art on the topic of identity. The works needed to reflect each participant’s identity and at the same time explore possible links between these teens from different backgrounds.
The participants created works of art that reflect their respective identities but also emphasize the ties that bind them in spite of their differences. Although they come from different cultural and religious backgrounds, the participants encountered the “other” as they created these works together.
As can be seen in the works in this exhibition, which are entitled Coalescence, Micro Macro, Macro Micro, Layers and In the Moon, the participants’ respective identities transcended boundaries to converge at the heart of pop culture, among other places. Far from being monolithic or hermetic, identities are hybrid and feed on different cultural sources.
J.A. DeSève Gallery
Jean-Noël Desmarais Pavilion – Level S1
The Encounters EducExpo is the result of a three-part project created using the EducArt method. Developed by the MMFA in collaboration with the education sector, EducArt consists of activities related to 350 works of the Museum’s collection that teachers can do in-class.
In September 2018, recently arrived students to Quebec who are in welcome classes at the École secondaire Leblanc explored the platform’s “Diversity” theme and spent time getting to know retired people who go to the Centre communautaire Petit Espoir. A questionnaire that they developed with their teachers helped them talk to these older people about their background and experiences.
The Encounters EducExpo is organized by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in collaboration with the Commission scolaire de Laval (CSDL) as part of the EducArt project, which was developed with the support of the Ville de Montréal (Entente sur le développement culturel de Montréal) and the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications (Plan culturel numérique du Québec).