Les Jumeaux du CARI

Exhibition: November 23rd 2018 to January 6th, 2019
Opening event: Wednesday, November 28th at 6 p.m., open to all

Press release

For more than 20 years, the Musée des maîtres et artisans du Québec has been collaborating with the Centre d’accueil et de référence sociale et économique pour immigrants de Saint-Laurent (CARI St-Laurent) by presenting an exhibition entitled Les Jumeaux du CARI. To facilitate the professional integration of immigrant artists, this matching program matches one or more recent immigrants with a person in the host society or with an older immigrant. This year, we will present the twin works of Ali Braïm (Morocco), Chandra Ky (Cambodia-France), Lina Boghossian (Syria) and Latifa Mazhar (Morocco) to those of Françoise Issaly (France-Québec).

Ali Braïm
Born in Rabat, Morocco in 1969, Ali Braïm is a painter and muralist with a bachelor’s degree in graphic art. He began developing his taste for artistic creation in 1992 by participating in various activities. The artist has to his credit several group and solo exhibitions, mainly in Morocco and Quebec.

His artistic style tends towards the figuration and representation of historical sites, with an abstraction of forms that aims to reflect his own vision and personality. He spontaneously allows himself to be embarked on the spaces he invests in where light and shadow skilfully mix. Aspiring to a better world in his new land of immigration, his works express feelings of confusion, anger or frustration, which are reflected in the choice of colours, the rendering of shapes and the movement of the composition.

Lina Angelina Boghossian
Painter, architect and teacher, winner of the Saint-Siméon Competition and first in her class at the Master of Visual Arts of the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts, Lina Boghossian was born in Syria, but following the events, she took refuge in Lebanon with her husband and three children before immigrating to Canada in the fall of 2018. The genocide of the Armenian people, and the exodus that followed it, are also reflected in his approach. His paintings have been sold in Switzerland, the United States, Canada, Jordan, France and of course Syria and Lebanon.

Her paintings are in perpetual evolution: large gestures sometimes make the paint splash in splashes, sometimes drain it or scrape it off. For her, each of her paintings is a part of herself, a chapter in her fragmented history. Painting is a therapy to rebuild a life and build hope for a new land. It strongly expresses migration, exile, chaos, the abyss of departures and faith upon arrival.

Françoise Issaly 
Born in the south of France, Françoise Issaly moved to Montreal in 1993, fulfilling one of her childhood dreams. Coming from a family that travels little, she has always surprised her family with her desire to live elsewhere. As a child, she dreamed of coming to Canada and China to live. She was fortunate enough to immigrate in order to realize her dreams, not because she was forced to do so. Graduated in Fine Arts from the Universities of Paul Valery and Michel de Montaigne in France, she has been practicing visual arts for more than 20 years. She has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in North America, Europe and Asia. She has taught visual arts in several schools in Montreal. Currently, she lives and works in Hangzhou, China, where she continues her production and teaches arts.

Her artistic production reflects, among other things, the similarities she finds in the different countries where she has lived. “No matter where we are geographically, all the filaments that make up our BEING remain the same and are always present. We are never strangers to ourselves, even if everything around us seems to be. »

Chandra Ky
Self-taught artist, Anglicist and economist, Chandra Ky was born in 1970 in France in Boulogne-Billancourt and has lived around the world. Born into a family of Cambodian diplomats, she grew up in Tokyo (Japan), Bogota (Colombia), Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) and Paris (France) before immigrating to Canada in 1988.

Chandra lets the “Spirit of Time” manifest itself in her creations. She bet on figurative naivety and a synthesis between the West and the Far East to transform the chaos and pain of genocide into celebrations and tame the iconoclastic vitalism of the urban jungle. More recently, the themes of life and death have intruded into his work, while teddy bears and paintings have their origins in visits and conversations with the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Cross. She uses traditional media and techniques such as pencils, coloured pencils, acrylic and metallic paints on ceramics, black markers, fabric markers (silk, cotton) and various media to express her creative thinking.

Latifa Mazhar (Laono)
Born in 1972 in Rabat, Morocco, Latifa Mazhar immigrated to Canada in 2006. Her first contact with art in 2015 at the age of 43 was a revelation, although she has always been looking for a way to communicate her emotions, her ideas. For the artist it all began on Saturday, May 2, 2015 when she and her son participated in a workshop. It was by seeing the illumination on the faces and the sparkling eyes of the participants that she felt the magic and energy of the medium. She fell in love with this type of expression.

She considers each canvas as a course of painting that she gives to herself. Each of them is therefore distinguished by its style and when there is repetition, it is only in a process of learning and improvement. The strength of his painting lies in the colour. Her creations mainly focus on the language of the heart and floral language using vibrant colours to break the silence of the canvas. Painting is her pre-kindergarten language.