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The Archives gaies du Québec are collaborating with the Musée de la civilisation de Québec for their upcoming exhibition, Love me Gender. This exhibition aims to demystify and celebrate the plurality of gender identities, by exploring how gender identity has changed over time and evolved across cultures.

The AGQ are loaning eight items to the Musée de la civilisation for this exhibition. The items are testimonials of important historical events and locations for gender and sexual diversity in Québec.

The exhibition will take place from May 18th, 2023 to April 14th, 2024.

An exhibition of Laura Bottereau and Marine Fiquet’s work following their research conducted at the Archives gaies du Québec (AGQ), during their artist residency in 2021, will take place in Nantes between May 12th and 27th, 2023. Be my ghost associates archive curation and creation. Initiating a posthumous dialogue, the exhibition offers a subjective, sentimental, and political immersion through the archives of Guy Fréchette, poet and photographer who died of AIDS-related illnesses at the age of 43. After his death in 1996, his personal archives were passed on to Jean Logan, his first partner. In 2020, Jean Logan donated the archives to the AGQ. The work of Guy Fréchette remains little-knowned today.

The exhibition Be my ghost will take place from May 12th to May 27th at Bonus – 36 mail des Chantiers – 44300 Nantes. Opening on May 11th at 6 :30 PM.

History in the Making (HitM) is one of Canada’s longest running graduate student-organized history conferences, held annually at Concordia University. HitM presents an invigorating interdisciplinary programme of new findings from students and established scholars.

Whose History? / Who’s History? marks the conference’s 28th year, and the AGQ is proud to once again co-present part of the conference. Attendance is free to all on May 5-6, 2023, and the Archives gaies du Québec (AGQ) will introduce the opening keynote titled “The fetish of evidence: archive and queer history” from art historian (and no stranger to the AGQ) August Klintberg in room LB 322 of Concordia University’s Webster Library Building at 11:00 AM on Friday, May 5.

August Klintberg (formerly Mark Clintberg) is an artist who works in the field of art history. He is represented by Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain in Montreal, and is an Associate Professor in the School of Critical and Creative Studies at the Alberta University of the Arts. His practice studies archives, architectures, and antecedent artworks with a focus on queer histories, identities, and futures.

We’d also suggest attending the keynote by Montréal trans icon, musician and activist Elle Barbara on Saturday, May 6, 2023!

Find further information on the conference at the following links:
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The March 2023 issue of Lettres Québécoises dedicates a dossier that pays tribute to poet and author Jean-Paul Daoust, compiled by friend of the Archives gaies du Québec Nicholas Giguère.

Very active in the literary and radio scenes, Jean-Paul Daoust received many awards, including the Governor General’s in 1990, and on three occasions, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec award (1999, 2009, 2020). He has been a strong supporter of the Archives gaies du Québec’s mission, for which he was spokesperson during the 2017 fundraising campaign.

We will continue to hear his unique voice reciting us poems.

Queer artist-photographer Evergon recently received the Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts.

This award is in recognition of a career of over 50 years dedicated to reinventing aesthetic and social canons in photography. A retrospective of his work is exhibited at the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (MNBAQ) until April 23rd, 2023.

Generous friend and donor to the Archives gaies du Québec, he had offered in 2017 a photograph for the AGQ’s annual fundraising campaign.

We congratulate him for this well-deserved award.

In the last issue of NUIT BLANCHE, literary magazine, Bernard Mulaire, Board member of the AGQ, published an article titled Le récit intimiste gai au Québec : histoires d’hommes.

In this article, he addresses the intimate aspect of the work of seven québécois gay authors. Let us mention that NUIT BLANCHE is also celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.

1983 must have been an exceptional year for literature. My they live long!

Dr. Alex Ketchum, of McGill University, compiled alongside her team 18 oral interviews of queer and lesbian women who have been involved in their communities, from the 1970s to today. These interviews are testimoniales of establishments and social events which created the cultural wealth of queer and lesbian Montreal communities.

After a year of work Dr. Ketchum and her team (Eléa Regembal, Laine McCrory, Jesssana Akehurst, and Talia Pirsch), transferred the compilation of interviews to the Archives lesbiennes du Québec and the Archives gaies du Québec.

At the AGQ, most of the interviews, as well as their transcripts, are available for consultation under the archival fonds AGQ-F0213, Montreal Lesbian and Queer Women’s Oral History Project.

Photo from the personal archives of Léopold Foulem

It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing of Léopold Foulem, friend and donor of the Archives gaies du Québec.

Renowned ceramist, he participated in 261 exhibitions, 36 of them solo, in Canada, the United States, Europe, and Pacific Asia. We will remember most notably the McCord Museum’s Camp Fires exhibition in 2015. Two years prior, the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec presented a retrospective of his work titled: Léopold L. Foulem. Singularities. He received the Order of Canada in 2019.

Our sincere condolences to his partner Richard Milette.

As part of the AGQ’s 40th anniversary celebrations, the Frank W. Remiggi award was created to honour the memory of this generous benefactor. The prize will be awarded in August 2023 to a researcher whose work was strongly inspired by the Archives gaies du Québec’s collections.

Frank W. Remiggi was born in Montreal in 1951. After obtaining a doctorate in geography at McGill University, he became a professor at UQÀM. His field of research focused on interethnic relations in geography. Alongside Irène Demczuk, he published Sortir de l’ombre. Histoire des communautés lesbienne et gaie de Montréal. He passed away in Montreal in 2018.

The Archives gaies du Québec have in their holdings some of his archives.

For information and registration

From left to right : Michel Daigneault, the artist Dagmar Dahle and Stephen Schofield. Photo : Guy L’Heureux

On March 18th, over 50 people were present for the opening of the exhibition of drawings by Michel Daigneault and Stephen Schofield, inspired by Yves Navarre’s writing. The DESJARDINS exhibition space is located at the offices of the Archives gaies du Québec (1000, Atateken, office 201 A, Montreal).

The space is open to the public Tuesdays-Sundays between 1PM and 5PM, from March 18th to May 18th.

The artworks are available for purchase.

The Archives gaies du Québec turn 40 this year. To celebrate this anniversary, we have launched a contest for the researchers who, since January 1st 2015, have consulted our archives to create original works (in French or English) strongly inspired by them. The pieces can be presented in different forms: text, video, podcast, film, book, thesis, etc.

The entries will be accepted until midnight on June 16th, 2023. Only people residing in Canada can participate.

The winner of this contest will receive the Frank W. Remiggi Award along with its 1 000 $ grant, which will be given at a public ceremony during the Pride celebrations in August 2023.

Good luck to all!

The panel of judges for the Frank W. Remiggi Award will be composed of three people. First, Ian Blair, the Archives gaies du Québec’s vice-president; then, Julie Podmore, affiliate professor at Concordia University, member of the Archives lesbiennes du Québec, and board member of the Archives gaies du Québec for eight years (2011-2019); finally, Serge Fisette, historian and author, whose latest book, L’homosexualité masculine au Québec, was unanimously acclaimed by the critics.

We are proud to entrust them with the difficult task of choosing the award-winning work.