Tribute to Chantal duPont

Chantal duPont, a vital force on the media and digital arts landscape in Montreal, Quebec and Canada, left us on February 25, 2019.
Artist, researcher, professor at the UQAM School of Visual and Media Arts from 1985 to 2008 and associate professor there after 2008, Chantal trained many generations of artists, helping them find and assert their voices.

Showing sensitivity to the passage of time and to the impact of remembered images on her own memories and experiences, mindful of the salience of these images that she photographed, recorded on video and captured on film, attuned to sounds and attentive to the music of language, she wove an elegant web of correspondences from one work to the next.

Chantal duPont,  Envol entre fleuve et ciel, 2018 

She leaves behind a singular body of work, borne by an uncommon creative energy, celebrated recently during the exhibition Corps-mémoire – une conversation [body-memory, a conversation] at the Agora of the Cœur des sciences de l’UQAM, a memorable week of meetings and conversations around her work, which she attended.

Chantal was a faithful attendee of the International Festival of Films on Art, and saw one of her very first videos selected for the festival by founding director René Rozon. In 2007 the FIFA held a retrospective of her works, following her selection the previous year as the winner of the Bell Canada Award, recognizing her outstanding contributions to video art. Audiences then continued exploring her prolific video output in the festival’s Canadian Video Panorama and FIFA Expérimental sections.

We will remember Chantal duPont fondly as a radiant, endearing and courageous woman, as well as an inspired and inspiring artist.
Our heartfelt condolences go out to the members of her family as well as the many friends who shared her journey with her.

Nicole Gingras
Programmer, FIFA Expérimental section