15 Mar

The Principal Dancer is a poetic video that makes use of visuals and audio to imply thought while a woman performs the tasks of putting in a solitary night shift. No written words is used in this experimental tape. The radio moves between stations under a full moon of potential.
2001 6:00 Colour Distributor

This project was workshopped at Mount Allison University though the Fine Arts Department.

15 Feb

A project by Valerie LeBlanc and the Barnhill Memorial School, Saint John, New-Brunswick, Canada
February – March 2000

The project In the Palm of the Hand was an Artist in School project made possible by The Arts Development Branch of the New Brunswick Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Culture. The two main goals of the project were: to discuss future plans / possible careers with the students, and to complete an artwork in glass. These goals overlapped during my five day visit to the Barnhill Memorial School. I had originally planned the project to involve students in the year preceding high school. When it was decided that I would work with younger students, my plans for presentation changed only slightly, to make the vocabulary more accessible to the grade 3, 4, 5, and 6 levels. The main differences that I found between the workshops was in the reactions of the students. Enthusiasm and a willingness to think creatively were common factors through all of the grade levels. While the regular school curriculum helps students to build formal skill sets, this project was designed to offer the chance to consider more long term goals, while participating in a creative workshop. I thoroughly believe in the importance of projects which can aid in the building life skills. click here for the complete review

15 Jul

As an Artist, I enjoy getting out to meet people and I have always been interested in the idea of offering an outlet for the voices of Individuals. Like a food preparator in a grocery store, I appear with a prop that permits personal encounter. It is an approach to performance that relies upon a random audience and permits that audience the choice of participating and becoming key performer on her / his own level.

6 Dec

In 1998, the December 6th Committee commissioned Artist Valerie LeBlanc to complete the commemorative sculpture Courage & Hope. The sculpture was designed to commemorate the loss of the fourteen young women killed in an act of violence against women at the Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal, 1989; and to give a sense of inspiration and hope for the future efforts and achievements of girls and women. The sculpture consists of a golden ladder set against a glass wall. At the base of the ladder are the names of the fourteen women who died. Carved on the glass are dreams and aspirations of girls and women. The ‘future wishes’ were gathered from schools, colleges, the Universite de Moncton, Womens’ Centres in the Metro Moncton area.

“The golden ladder has seven rungs to pass over the events of December 6th. The base has fourteen facets bearing the names of the fourteen young women The concept of Courage and Hope is to raise above what happened and built something that will take us further” – Valerie LeBlanc

Upon the glass wall are phrases gathered from female high school students in the Metro Moncton area, expressing their dreams and aspirations for the future. “To be appreciated as a woman and respected as a engineer” wrote one girl named Josee”.
Courage & Hope is on permanent display inside the entrance to Moncton City Hall.
655 Main Moncton NB E1C 1E8

Hope springs from tragedy
By Frank Carrol Times & Transcript Staff
Saturday, December 5, 1998 A3

December 6, 1989 was a day of terror and despair for Canadian woman. But an organization in Metrto Moncton has turned the anniversary of the Montreal Massacre into a day of courage and hope.

Yesterday, the December 6 Committee unveiled a monument called Courage and Hope to pay hommage to the victims of the Montreal Massacre.

Nine years ago on Sunday, a gunman walked into l”Ecole polytechnique with a gun and killed 14 female engineering students.

Since then Dec. 6 has become a rallying day for those who deplore violence against woman. Last year, the December 6 Committee in Metro Moncton commissioned visual artist Valerie LeBlanc to create a monument in time for this year’s commemoration. Courage and Hope consist of a golden ladder set against a glass wall. At the base of the ladder are the names of the 14 woman who died in the massacre.

Upon the glass wall are phrases gathered from female high school students in the Metro Moncton area, expressing their dreams and aspirations for the future.

“To be appreciated as a woman and respected as an engineer” wrote one girl named Josee.

“I want to be an RCMP officer and a loving mother”. wrote Laura.

The Montreal gunman snuffed out the dreams and aspirations of 14 people in 1989 because he had a personal vendetta against woman.

In large part, yesterday’s commemoration was a commitment by Metro Moncton woman to move beyond the tragedy and stay commited to their own aspirations, to fulfill what the victims of the Montreal Massacre were unable to fulfill.

That is why the golden ladder on the monument has seven rungs and not six, as in Dec. 6.
“To put that in context, we have to rise above what happened and build something that will take us further,” said LeBlanc.

The foyer at city hall was jammedpacked for yesterday’s unveilling ceremony. One of those present was Melanie Robichaud, a 16-year-old student from Ecole Polyvalante Mathieu-Martin, who gave the keynote address during the ceremony.

Robichaud pointed out in her speech that one in 10 Canadian woman is beaten regulary and that a woman is raped on average every 17 minutes in this country.

But most of her speech was devoted to pointing out the inequalities that exist between men and women in the workplace. For her, the monument was a reminder that women have to keep pursuing their dreams no matter what stands in their way.

“The ladder symbolizes that we have to keep striving for our goals and never settle for the minimum,” said Robichaud.
Nancy Hartling, chairwoman of the December 6 Committee, said the committee put a lot of work into making the Courage and Hope project a reality. She said the monument at city hall will remain there as a permanent reminder of the problem of violence against women – not only in distant places but in Moncton as well.

The unveilling of the Courage and Hope monument was followed by a ceremony in which local high school students placed roses in honour of each of the 14 victims of the Montreal Massacre.

To emphasize that violence hits close to home, a 15th rose was placed in remembrance of 10 women who died vioently in the Metro Moncton in the past decade. Their names were, Norma, Jessica, Joan, Nina, Marcia, Melissa, Monique, Laura Ann, Michele and Clair.

The December 6 Committee will officially commemorate the Montreal Massacre at 4 p.m. on Sunday at Caseley Park in Riverview.



See also: About Courage and Hope (2006)


See also: Présences du littéraire dans l’espace public canadien
PLEPUC.ORG is a Web site dedicated to the relation between literature and public space.

15 Nov

Somehow the legend arose that Atlas the giant was supporting the weight of the world.  The world turned, was plunged into darkness, and the legend was lost in the archives.  After a few nights of bad dreams in musty accommodations, entrepreneurs began to pull back the blinds from the lost passages.  As Alchemists, they searched for ways of increasing the quality of gold which could be held in the hands.  Time passed as the analysis and classification continued, and commodities changed hands.  Eventually it was realized that the D.N.A. of giants might put them at risk.  Indeed, Atlas might have been supporting a weight heavy enough to cause heart damage.  Now that we find ourselves on the hinge of a new époque, we know more about strengths and weakness.  The question has become “What is implied by the weight of the world”

The strongman appears to be sleepwalking, and is about to step off the edge.  He is wading through a swamp carrying a hot potato as the world turns around him.  It all passes over his head and the cracks are starting to show.

Would now be a good time to get out the cards and to cast the die?

Atlas was exhibited at the Gallery George Goguen / Radio Canada in Moncton in November 1998 and in the Marion McCain Exibition ‘Artist in a Floating World’ at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in Frederiction in the fall 2000.

About Valerie LeBlanc

Originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia, pluri-­disciplinary artist and writer Valerie LeBlanc has worked in Canada, the United States, Europe, and Australia. Her creations travel between poetry, performance, visual and written theory. Valerie LeBlanc has been creating video poetry since the mid 1980’s, and is the creator of the MediaPackBoard (MPB), portable screening / performance device.

L’artiste pluridisciplinaire Valerie LeBlanc est vidéaste, poète, performeuse et essayiste. Son travail oscille entre le remarquable et le quotidien. Elle a exposé ses œuvres en Europe, en Australie et au Brésil. Elle crée des vidéopoèmes depuis le milieu des années 1980 et a inventé le MediaPackBoard (MPB), un appareil de projection mobile pour la performance.

Date : April 2020
Genre : Vidéopoésie/Videopoetry

Videopoetry / Vidéopoésie

Small Walker Press

Date : January 2021
Genre : Poetry