Cultural Mediation

In addition to its artistic productions, the company makes use of its expertise and its network to serve as a platform for diverse and/or traditionally excluded voices.

In 2014, LFÉ produced a photography project on the theme of tableaux vivants (live pictures) with the Maison d’Haïti.

In 2013, LFÉ directed the project Phenomenal Women in collaboration with the pirate-knitting collective Les Ville-Laines and the Women’s Center of Verdun. The participants created banners inspired by Georges Méliès’ work, and their creations were installed all along the Saint-Laurent boulevard as an integral part of Phenomena Festival.

From 2006 to 2011, LFE also launched a social mission in support of women experiencing social difficulties, homelessness and/or legal issues. LFE published four books in collaboration with the housing organization La rue des Femmes, Passages et l’Arrêt-Source: Écrire et sans pitié (published by Éditions du Passage, 2006), l’ABCd’art de La rue des Femmes (published by Remue-ménage, 2007), Passagères — Voix de changement (published by Planète rebelle, 2010), and Temps d’agir (published by Planète rebelle, 2011). The latter was produced with the collaboration of The Elizabeth Fry Society of Québec and Engrenage Noir / LEVIER.

From July to October 2015, the company also created the project Image theatre storytelling alongside a group of senior women living at La Résidence Mile-End. The participants were invited to choose from two well-known stories, Little Red Riding Hood and Snow White, and to tell it to the children at Le Lion et La Souris daycare as well as to the general public during the Journées de la culture. While the women told their respective versions of the stories, D. Kimm manipulated shadow puppets and images via an overhead projector.

These projects were created thanks to the Entente sur le développement culturel (agreement on cultural development) settled between the City of Montréal and the Ministry of Culture and Communications.