A story narrated by my uncle, who takes us on a journey into the country of his birth, the ex-French colony of Algeria, and his Sefaradim cultural roots. He shares with us comical anecdotes about his chilhood and the time he joined the French army. Statement: My approach involves integrating personal stories, memories, and identities with collective stories, memories, and identities. My work also operates between the polarities of reality/fiction, the present/the past, and tragedy/comedy. I attribute this process partly to my mixed cultural roots and religious backgrounds.

Chantal Dahan
City, Province
Gatineau, QC

Born in Marseille, France, Chantal Dahan now lives and works in Gatineau, Quebec. Dahan obtained a B.A. in Visual Arts from the University of Ottawa and an M.A. in Visual and Media Arts from the Université du Québec à Montréal. Her work has been shown in solo exhibitions at The Ottawa Art Gallery, the UQÀM Gallery, the Centre d'exposition de la Maison de la culture du Plateau Mont-Royal, the Centre d'exposition de Val d'Or, the Centre d'exposition de Rouyn-Noranda, La Galerie Montcalm, and Axe Neo-7. She has also participated in group exhibitions in Quebec, Ontario, France and Korea. Her video productions "Terra Terra" and "L’Essence des Souvenirs" were presented at the Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois, in Montreal, in 2000-2001. Her video trilogy: "Terra Incognita", "Terra Terra" and "Terra Magica" is part of The Ottawa Art Gallery's collection. (www.daimon.qc.ca)

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