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Published Tuesday November 27, 2012

An Exhibition Dedicated to Gérald Godin : « Être ou ne poète »

Step into Godin's poetic and artistic universe

A front-and-profile mugshot of Godin, with superimposed exhibition title.

Poet Gérald Godin is at the heart of an exhibition presented at the Grande Bibliothèque by Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec.

Gérald Godin was a multi-faceted man. From 1958 to 1976, he was a journalist, a research assistant/documentalist, a copywriter, a scriptwriter, a publisher and a lecturer. From 1976 to the time of his death, he was an elected member of the National Assembly and a provincial minister. But during both periods, he was a writer and more importantly a poet who actively contributed to the literary and musical explosion that rocked Québec in the 1960s and 1970s.

Publisher and Godin friend André Gervais paints a sensitive portrait of the poet-politician for the literary component of this exhibition. The artistic component showcases his poems in a "sound and vision" experience. Mightily carried by the voices of slam artist Ivy and interdisciplinary artist D. Kimm, the poems deliver slivers of their stunning beauty while Godin's committed and passionate verse is translated into images by six young photographers from Cegep André-Laurendeau, under the helm of teacher Bertrand Carrière.

Curators: André Gervais and Bertrand Carrière

Arts and literature section, Level 1 of the Grande Bibliothèque
Until November 10, 2013
Free admission

Read the press release