If we go back even just a fews 100 years ago, the documentation of artistic methodology was not seen as a priority. Before the modern era, most artists were commissioned to create work for patrons. They saw little to no need to document their methods, materials or inspirations.
However, as the art world became more democratized and accessible to a wider audience, the need for documentation rose. Fast-forward to today: artist legacies are being much better preserved, especially with digital tools now available for the purposes of documentation and distribution.
Launched in 2013, the ACI works with more than 50 of Canada’s leading art historians, curators, and visual culture experts dedicated to creating authoritative original content on the people, themes, and topics that are significant for defining Canadian art history.
We had the privilege to work with the Art Canada Institute in 2019. Our responsibility was to edit the French website of three anthologies focusing on the artists Gershon Iskowitz, Olivoo Tunnillie, and Ozias Leduc.
Our role was to translate and edit the online books for each artist, we focused on precise documentation and relation of the prose to convey the artists’ prolific histories.
We edited the French versions of the anthologies for the artists Gershon Iskowitz & Olivoo Tunnillie. The anthologies are a deep dive into the life and work of Iskowitz – a survivor of the Holocaust who survived by making drawing a psychological resilience technique, and the stone carving work by Tunnillie – one of the very few women from the Canadian Arctic to achieve international fame.