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Artistic diversity of Northern women
L'assocation franco-culturelle de Yellowknife plans multi-media exhibition

Nicole Garbutt
Northern News Services
Published Wednesday, January 9, 2013

SOMBA K'E/YELLOWKNIFE
Someone once said, the women of the North are so special and unique they walk on water... frozen lake water, that is.

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Katie O'Beirne works on one of the sculptures that will be on display during Visage au Feminine this spring. - photo courtesy of Pascaline Greau

The Association de franco-culturelle Yellowknife (AFCY) is developing a multi-media exhibition that will showcase just how special and unique the women here are.

"We wanted to do something for the women and to show their immigration North. We almost all come from different places and we wanted to show the diversity of women in the North and celebrate them," said Pascaline Greau, executive director of the association.

The emerging exhibition, titled Visage au Feminin, is scheduled to launch at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre on March 8.

Sculptures, portraits, audio storytelling and film will be included in the exhibit to display the talents shared by the women of Yellowknife.

"There are a bunch of different parts that will lend itself to the exhibit," she said. "One part is the sculptures. Francophone artist Marie Andree Bedard took the lead on that and they built about 10 sculptures relating to their femininity," Greau said.

A group of students, including home-schooled and ecole Allain St. Cyr students, were asked to look at the sculptures and create a story tying them all together.

"When they finish the story they will record it and, at the launch, people can listen to it and it will guide them through the sculptures," said Greau, adding the story will be told in both English and French.

Local filmmaker France Benoit has been working on a series of films profiling different francophone women and their treks North.

"These videos are a bit more directed towards francophone women, as they will be in French, but still with English subtitles," Greau said.

The final component of Visage au Feminin still needs more participants.

An artistic photo shoot of 30 different women is being planned for display during the exhibition and to be used in an art booklet.

"We want to present a range of women," Greau said "All ages, cultures, stories and hobbies. We want to explore the eclectic population of women in Yellowknife."

If female residents are interested in participating they can contact Greau at the association.

The women who will be photographed have a lot of say in how they will be depicted.

Greau said they want to work with them to show the parts of their personality they want to reveal.

"This isn't just like a take a pretty picture type of thing, there is a goal behind it," Greau said.

The launch of Visage au Feminin will tentatively be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at the museum.

The exhibition will remain up for approximately a week.

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