Discussion Exploration : Reactivating the archives

Discussion Exploration : Reactivating the archives



Discussion Exploration : Reactivating the archives

Meetup - Exploratory Cinema - Spring 2024

Thursday May 30, 2024
6 pm - 9 pm

Main Film
2025 Rue Parthenais #301, Montréal, Quebec, H2K 3T2, Québec

With Chantal Partamian, Nadine Valcin & Rémi Belliveau

Free upon registration

Discussion Exploration is an opportunity to explore in depth various practices and approaches to experimental independent cinema.
Archival work is the focus of this first series of meetings.

Discussion Exploration #1 : Reactivating the archives

Archives often hover, sometimes forgotten, and become immortalized in a moment, a hand, a story. In the remediation of personal and public archives, we rediscover our traces and the freedom to give life to bodies, moments, images and stories that have remained in the shadows.

For any information, send an email to: services@mainfilm.qc.ca

Chantal Partamian

Chantal Partamian is a filmmaker and archivist whose work focuses primarily on Super 8mm and found footage. Partamian’s films have been screened and awarded at numerous festivals, and are distributed by Vidéographe, Groupe intervention Vidéo (GIV) and the Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre. As an archivist, she is dedicated to the preservation and restoration of reels from the Mediterranean region ( Katsakh: Mediterranean archives ) while conducting research into archival practices in conflict zones. Her written work is mainly published in Hors-Champs magazine.

Nadine Valcin

Nadine Valcin is a Haitian-born filmmaker based in Toronto. Her short fiction, documentary, installation and virtual reality works explore memory, identity, language and the historical presence of the Afrodescendant community in Canada.
Nadine is the recipient of numerous awards and grants, including two Chalmers Fellowships for artistic research. She holds a Professional Diploma in Architecture from McGill University and a Master of Fine Arts from OCAD University. She was artist-in-residence at York University’s Osgoode Law School and at Library and Archives Canada as part of the Archive/CounterArchive research-creation project, and currently teaches at Sheridan College outside Toronto.


Rémi Belliveau

Rémi Belliveau (them/they) is an Acadian interdisciplinary artist and musician hailing from Memramcook, New Brunswick, a village located in Mi’kma’ki, the traditional unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq people. Their artistic work attempts to deconstruct and reprogram the foundations, structures and imaginaries of the Acadian culture to which they belong with an aim towards cultivating capacities of (auto)analysis and critical thinking.
Recently, they were twice in the running for the Sobey Art Award (Atlantic finalist in 2021, Atlantic long-list in 2024), laureate of the Claudine and Stephen Bronfman Prize (2022), Laureate of the Darling Foundry’s Ateliers Montréalais (2023-2026) and is currently finalist for the Prix en art actuel du Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (2025).


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