Rémi Belliveau. Hier semble si loin / Chapitre 4 / Jean Dularge

Graduating Master’s student in visual and media arts (MFA), UQAM

Artist: Rémi Belliveau

September 18, 2020 - November 21, 2020

Visitors are invited to bring their own headphones to experience the exhibition’s audio components.

Galerie de l’UQAM is back at last with its on-site exhibitions. As of September, the public will be invited to discover the work of Rémi Belliveau, graduating Master’s student in visual and media arts, who will present an experimental performance exploring the history of rock ‘n roll in New Brunswick Acadian culture.

The exhibition

In April, 1967, Acadian singer-songwriter Jean Dularge did not record his 45 single “Viens voir l’Acadie”.  He was not the first artist signed by Les Disques Acadisco (label), nor was he required to cancel the release of his song due to a supposed copyright dispute.

Hier semble si loin / Chapitre 4 / Jean Dularge is an experimental historiographic project by Acadian artist Rémi Belliveau, wherein a historic fiction is performed and inserted into the fragmented and little-known history of rock ‘n roll in New Brunswick’s Acadian communities. Based on years of research and artefact acquisition, the artist weaves a story1 that seeks to validate the hybrid, ever-changing nature of Acadianess, while actively eschewing identification with either of the region’s dominant musical tropes, i.e. the anglo-Maritimer or franco-Québécois musical cultures.


1 This story unfolds over five chapters: Chapter 1. When the sun says hello to the mountains of Kent County: the old-timey music of The Bunkhouse Boys & Shirley; Chapter 2. Teenage Time with Cliffy Short, Jerry Banks and Ted Daigle: Acadian youth in the age of Elvis Presley; Chapter 3. “She loves you, yé, yé, yé”: The Swinging Sixties en français (s’il vous plait); Chapter 4. Jean Dularge; and Chapter 5. Facing the Day: The far away promis of hard rock.

The artist

Rémi Belliveau is an Acadian interdisciplinary artist and musician hailing from Memramcook, New Brunswick, a village located in Mi’kma’ki, the traditional unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq people. Since 2012, their work has been exhibited in galleries throughout the Maritimes, namely the Galerie d’art Louise-et-Reuben-Cohen (NB), the Beaverbrook Art Gallery (NB), the Confederation Centre Art Gallery (PEI), and the St. Mary’s University Art Gallery (NS). They were co-director of Moncton’s Galerie Sans Nom from 2014 to 2018, have taught as a sessional at the Université de Moncton, and have published in Canadian Art magazine. They currently live and work on the Kanien’kehá:ka territory of Tiohtià:ke/Mooniyang, commonly referred to as Montréal.


Video tour

Interview with Rémi Belliveau