Caroline Monnet - Compagne des arts et des lettres du Québec
On May 29, 2023, Caroline Monnet received the insignia of the Ordre des arts et des lettres du Québec, a prestigious distinction bestowed to personalities whose exemplary achievements contribute to the artistic and literary development of Quebec. Discover the tribute paid to her by the Council.
Painter, sculptor, photographer, and filmmaker, Caroline Monnet grew up between the coast of Brittany and the Anishinaabe community of the Outaouais. Her dual social, political, and spiritual identity is expressed in a multidisciplinary corpus centred on the transmission of knowledge and memory. Using raw, inexpensive industrial materials, she combines the visual vocabulary of traditional Indigenous cultures with contemporary popular imagery.
Highly involved in the community, Caroline Monnet is the founder of the Indigenous digital arts collective ITWÉ and co-founder of Daphné, the first centre for artists managed by Indigenous peoples in Québec. An incubator of ideas fuelled by invention and experimentation, the artist exploits the transformational potential of self-representation to redefine the image of Indigenous women.
She also denounces the impact of colonialism and contributes to cultural and linguistic repossession of a people that has emerged from shadows and fear, to mobilize and move forward. Programmed internationally, winner of a Sobey Art Award and a Prix Pierre-Ayot, she is making her mark with fascinating, unique pieces as one of the most vibrant artists of her generation.
About the Ordre des arts et des lettres du Québec
The Ordre des arts et des lettres du Québec This link will open in a new window is a distinction of the Council which aims to honor people who have made a remarkable contribution, through their commitment and dedication, to the development, promotion or influence of the arts and letters of Quebec. .
The Council would like to thank its partners, the Caisse de la Culture and the newspaper Le Devoir.