Tombées dans les interstices showcases some of the women artists that have participated in the forging of a contemporary Acadian identity, while also addressing feminist art theories that have fallen off the radar in Acadie and which remain mostly absent from Acadian art practices today.

The exhibition and accompanying publication contextualize Acadian art history within the broader scope of feminist art history, highlighting links to the effervescence of 1970s feminism – also notable as a period of awakening for the contemporary Acadian identity – so as to understand how and why these women artists have been forgotten.

The Acadian sociopolitical context of the time, with its fight for linguistic equality, were such that sparks of feminist debate coming from the visual art milieu were stifled leaving little room for women artists to succeed. Discussions emanating from this project will look at the causes and effects that are still prevalent today, while reviving feminist discourse in the visual arts.

Yolande Desjardins, sans titre, streched and starched textile, 1983. photo credit: Galerie d’art Louise-et-Reuben-Cohen archives