November 2021

Some of our readers pointed out that the latest issue of the Archigai was printed on a thicker paper than usual.

That is true. This is on the printer’s own initiative. Some of you may have also heard media reports about the paper shortage the printing industry is currently facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As such, our printing company offered to use thicker paper and had the generosity to charge us the regular price for this issue.

We would like to thank MP Steven Guilbeault and MNA Manon Massé for purchasing advertisements in our last Archigai newletter, which made its printing possible.

Rest assured that the Gay Archives of Quebec always spends the money that you donate to us every year in a wise manner.

On the Quebec Gay Archives website, you may have noticed a short stop-motion film titled Parade. This work by Jean-Pierre Fortin is his second collaboration with the Quebec Gay Archives.

The originality of this short film stems from the way it showcases little known objects from our collections, such as pins, matches, condoms, etc. In less than 30 minutes, we can see them pass by in neat ranks. In addition to displaying the diversity of our collections, this short is very playful and interesting.

Jean-Pierre Fortin took it upon himself to support the Archives’ mission by creating photographic and video works that illustrate the memories of LGBTQ2S+ communities in Quebec, all by using our collections. With Parade, we can see that his endeavour was successful.

Photo : Camilla Penzo

On the evening of November 10th, about 30 people attended Rachele Borghi’s conference at the Euguélionne bookstore.

This French researcher, who is currently doing her residency at the Quebec Gay Archives, captivated her audience for two hours as she presented her research on the deconstruction of academic knowledge with the goal of challenging patriarchal domination.

She has recently published Décolonialité et privilège (Éd. Daronnes, 2020), a work in which, from her perspective as a white woman and feminist activist, she traces a path to freedom from the established everyday order.

Françoise Sullivan, Murmure, 2018, etching on acid-free paper. Size: 34 x 33 cm. Print of 20. Artist proof VIII/VIII. Size 61 x 76 cm (24 x 30 in.). Signed and numbered by the artist. Value of the framed artwork: $1750.

A small reminder for our 2021 fundraising campaign which started in October.

Do not forget that on January 21th 2022, there will be a draw for a work graciously donated by the artist Françoise Sullivan, signatory of the 1948 manifesto Refus Global, and, alongside Paul-Émile Borduas, a founding member of the avant-garde group Les Automatistes. She is currently part of a group exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET) in New York.

This year, by buying a $75 ticket, you can get a chance to win a work by Françoise Sullivan valued at $1750. You will also receive a tax receipt for your donation and at the same time become a member of the Archives for a year. For a $500 donation, you will receive seven (7) tickets and a series of postal cards by photographer Robert Laliberté.

You can submit your donation online or by filling out this coupon.

This week, the Quebec Gay Archives welcomed Joséphine Loux and Margaux Bruet, two (2) officers of the Consulate general of France.

It is in the context of the project financed by the Office de coopération franco-québécois pour la jeunesse that they met the team of the Quebec Gay Archives. As they discussed the project with our visitors, our coordinator Pierre Pilotte and our archivist Simone Beaudry-Pilotte gave them a visit and as well as an overview of our collections.

It was an interesting meeting.

From left to right: Pierre Pilotte and Simone Beaudry-Pilotte of the AGQ, Joséphine Loux and Margaux Bruet of the Consulate general of France. Photo : Camilla Penzo