February 18th, 2020, from 5:30 to 9 p.m.
At the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts
1380 Sherbrooke St W., Montreal, Quebec H3G 1J5
Please note that the event and the talks will be in French
Maya Cousineau Mollen
Of Innu descent, Maya was adopted, on the will of her Innu mother, by a Quebecois family. She started to write poetry at the age of 14 and her first collection of poems, Bréviaire du matricule 082, was published in fall 2019. With over 22 years of experience in the communities of the First Nations, she is now Inuit and First Nations Community Development Advisor for the architectural company EVOQ. Maya has also been co-chair of the Montreal Indigenous Community Network and she volunteers with the Wolfpack Street Patrol. She is one of the signatories and allies for the Kanata debate. In December 2019, Ariane Mnouchkine invited her to join a writing retreat at the Théâtre du Soleil (Paris).
Chantal is a Canadian award-winning author, scholar and translator whose work focuses on Yiddish literature and culture, Leonard Cohen and creative writing. She has published extensively on Jewish culture and literature. She is the co-editor of Les révolutions de Leonard Cohen, which received a 2017 Canadian Jewish Literary Award. In 2015, as a YIVO Fellow in New York, she discovered Marc Chagall’s early autobiography in the archives and translated it with Pierre Anctil into French (Mon univers. Autobiographie, Fides, 2017). She has been Scholar-in-Residence at the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute (Brandeis University) and literary translator in residence at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. In 2019, she has inaugurated the Gröndalshouse writer’s residence at Reykjavik UNESCO City of Literature.
Originally from Guadeloupe, Eddy Firmin studied at the École Supérieure d’Art du Havre and at the Martinique Regional Institute of Visual Arts and he holds a PhD in Arts Studies from UQAM. The path that brought him to Canada began with an international series of artist residencies (Japan, Spain, France, Caribbean, Canada). Aiming at exploring and making sense of his plural identities, Eddy has never stopped, in over 20 years of practical and theoretical practice, to push the transcultural and transnational limits of his culture. Through a methodology called Bossale, Eddy outlines his process to decolonize the collective imaginary: this visual and textual tool allows him to bring together and relate a vast set of stories to recreate intimate relationships that had been lost because of cultural shocks.