Welcome to our 10th Anniversary edition of the InARTE Journal. Works featured in this year’s publication present a diverse understanding of the theme of transformation. Many undergraduate students from across Concordia’s Faculty of Fine Arts submitted impressive work in visual, written, and immersive formats. Throughout this academic year, I, along with my fellow team members, started to see our theme come to life through the paintings, videos, and papers we received for our consideration. Transformation was often reflected upon as ever-changing; free of a beginning, middle, and end. It is for this reason that we chose to name our 10th issue, “In Flux”.
We as a society have experienced several changes throughout this past year, especially within the last few months as the impact of COVID-19 began to be felt around the world. I hesitate to comment on the synchronicity of our chosen theme alongside the current global situation. In fact, our theme was chosen in the summer of 2019, with the intention to encourage reflection as we reach this memorable anniversary for our Journal. I am endlessly thankful that we have – and delighted that we publish our annual issues of the journal in a socially and environmentally sustainable online form. In recent weeks, responding to the University’s temporary closure of its spaces and cancelling of all events, the InARTE team and I have restructured our plans to host an on-campus exhibition this spring, showcasing the exceptional work featured in our 10th issue. And so, along with the publication of our 10th issue, on April 21st, 2020, the exhibition went virtual for three months using the online platform Kunstmatrix.
This special two-part anniversary project was made possible by the efforts and creativity of my team members: Morgane Poezevara-Stevens as assistant editor, Nora de Mariaffi as the event coordinator, Jean-Philippe Poirier as graphic designer, Aná Luiza Costa Dafre as social media coordinator, Tricia Enns as managing editor, and with support from our Faculty Advisor, Kathleen Vaughan. Each of us brought unique perspectives to each team meeting and provided continuous motivation.
As you discover this year’s issue you will see quite a diverse selection of work; each piece shining with a unique brilliance. The artists featured in our issue and virtual exhibit, “In Flux,” capture a range of the emotions and thoughts felt while going through stages of transformation and continuous change: peace, turmoil, confusion, and recollection, to name just a few. This collection of work is a sincere manifestation of experience in many states of flux. The virtual exhibition for our 10th issue ran from April 21, 2020 and ended on June 23, 2020. We are very grateful that we were able to share the excellent work that is included in our anniversary issue, with the fine arts community at Concordia University and the greater community in Montreal.
If you missed the chance to interact with our exhibition, take a look at a few pictures of what it looked like below!
4th Year, Major in Art Education & Minor in Judaic Studies
Editor of the InARTE Journal 2019-2020
Third Year, Art Education
queer ama, 2018, time-based media
This work originated from an emotion: saudade: the nostalgia and longing for something or someone which may well never return. In this time-based media work, I focus on the ephemeral and random appearance of memories, triggered by a picture, a sound, or simply a familiar feeling. Inspired by similar stories of emigration, I wanted to portray the nostalgia for one’s country, which only persist and remain alive through those fleeting, bittersweet, memories. With the hope that others might also relate to the warmth of remembering, even amidst the snowstorm.