May 24 — June 29, 2024

Nadine Valcin


This exhibition presents three video installations—Origines (2021), Émergence (2017), and Whitewash (2016)—by acclaimed Canadian filmmaker, producer, and writer of Haitian descent Nadine Valcin.

Valcin’s carefully crafted practice centres around portraiture to investigate notions of identity, language, and representations. Dealing with topics such as the violence of blackface, the pervasiveness of stereotypes, and the memory and refutation of slavery in Canada, the artist challenges the overlooked history of Black presence within a broader national context. Through her immersive and mesmerizing visual installations, Valcin invites the audience to examine, reflect, and engage with difficult knowledge.

– Gaëlle Morel, exhibition curator


Presented in partnership with The Image Centre.



Join us for the exhibition opening on Friday, May 24th, 2024 at 5pm. It’s free!

Nadine Valcin

Nadine Valcin is an award-winning bilingual (French and English) media artist, producer, writer and director. Her factual and documentary work has been shown in Canada on CBC, CBC News Network, TVO, W, Artv, Canal D, Réseau de l’information (RDI), Société Radio-Canada (SRC), TFO, as well as TV One and the History Network in the United States. She has directed four documentary projects for the National Film Board of Canada, including the critically-acclaimed Black, Bold and Beautiful (1999) and Une école sans frontières (A School without Borders, 2008) and is currently developing a fifth entitled Urban Tomorrows (Lendemains urbains). Nadine has been awarded numerous grants and prizes including the prestigious Chalmers Arts Fellowship and a Drama Prize from the National Screen Institute for the short film In Between. She has also received two International Promax awards for her creative work in advertising and branding. Nadine Valcin holds a professional degree in architecture from McGill University and an MFA in Digital Futures from OCAD University. She has been an artist in residence at Osgoode Hall Law School and at Library and Archives Canada through Archive/Counter-Archive. She is an alumnus of Doc Lab, Women in the Director’s Chair and the National Screen Institute. She is also a member of Women in Film and Television - Toronto (WIFT), Société des auteurs de radio, télévision et cinéma (SARTEC) and the Directors Guild of Canada (DGC).

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