Carole Laure is a filmmaker, actress and singer. She has acted in over thirty feature and television films and her discography is comprised of seven albums.Carole Laure has also written, directed and co-produced three feature films that explore the struggles of contemporary women: motherhood, mourning, domestic violence, mental health, incarceration, resilience and redemption through art. "The problematics of criminalized women are often distinct from those of their male counterpart : the cause of their incarceration is more often than not due to a set of circumstances, and they have a hard time adapting to the prison world, which wreaks havoc on their mental health." says Laure.
Interdisciplinary artist, Devora Neumark has been creating performances and live art interventions in urban centres while examining the private, public and communal spheres. She co-founded,the LEVIER component of the Engrenage Noir - non-profit art advocacy and funding organization - whose mandate is to support community art and humanist activist art aimed at fighting poverty and renegotiating our society's systemic structures. "Co-creation is a personal and social commitment which helps develop more responsible, healthier and equitable relations between citizens. I hope this event will bring us to ponder on the role we all play in sustaining the prison system," says Neumark.
AGIR / ART DES FEMMES EN PRISON
Sensitive and full of humanity, the audiovisual artworks presented at AGIR / ART OF WOMEN IN PRISON are the result of a collaboration process between 49 incarcerated women whose participation was sought on account of their singular life experiences, and 8 professional artists who were invited into the carceral facilities. Their collective work explores the link between incarceration and poverty – economical, social, family-based, cultural or emotional. Presented by the Société Elizabeth Fry du Québec and Engrenage Noir / LEVIER, this exhibition reveals the individual struggles of women in conflict with the law and acknowledges them in an artistic context – beyond a crime, a prison sentence or a set of stereotypes.