Levier 764 pages + DVD
The first bilingual publication to go into such depths about the problematics of community and humanist activist art, Affirming Collaboration brings together experiential testimony and theoretical analysis with texts by Kim Anderson, Jorge Goia, Petra Kuppers, Vivian Labrie, Louise Lachapelle, Ève Lamoureux, Nisha Sajnani and Bob White. In addition to the DVD compilation entitled Documenting Collaboration (inserted in the centre of this book), interviews, project descriptions and essays convey practical information and invite critical reflection about how collaborative art develops and sustains healthy communities, even in this time of rampant individualism and global systemic inequalities.
The editors, Devora Neumark and Johanne Chagnon, are co-directors of Engrenage Noir / LEVIER. Both are long-time interdisciplinary artists with years of community involvement. Engrenage Noir / LEVIER is a Montréal-based, independent non-profit art advocacy and funding body.