Exhibition - In collaboration with the Institut Français & the French Embassy in Canada
From October 14 to December 18, 2020
The French Embassy in Canada, the Institut français and Alliance Française Toronto invite you to dive into the magical unvierse of "Machine à Bulles".
Do you miss cultural events and live shows? Do not worry! The exhibition "Machines à Bulles" brings art directly on your screens! Through 11 online comics, dive into fantasy stories, thrillers, insights on climate issues or even video games if that's what you like! There is something for everyone.
Le Portrait d'Esther starts in 2010 when Léa and her daughter Iris receive an unexpected letter. This letter brings up the family's painful past which they kept buried for so many years. Iris starts the investigation right on the spot: she wants to understand what happened. To find answers, she has to go back to 1940 in France, diving into archives and her ancestors' history. Being a jew back then meant being in terrible danger... Letter after letter, mystery after mystery, she discovers forgotten or deliberately buried events : acts of courage and resistance, collaboration and war profit. At the very heart of the investigation lies of course the secret of her family, but also the portrait of Esther, a painting which mysteriously disappeared during the Second World war... The authors, Romain Bonnin and Piere Jeanneau, offer with Le portrait d'Esther a thrilling story as much as a wonderful insight on a bleak page of History. They focus on the Blum family, which is fictionnal but based on the story of so many real people. To tell their story, they chose to create a webcomic. Thereby they can play with dramatic effects, dialogues, rythm and characters' mouvement. Being online also enables them to join the Carnet noir to the webcomic.
Le Canet noir is a wonderful idea : it is composed of online documents gathered by an Historian to explain and focus on the historical events of the comic : vidéos, interviews, scientific insights... Understanding the past is what drives Iris. As you keep on reading, her drive becomes yours. With Le portrait d'Esther, the authors give you all the keys to understand in a clear and enjoyable way what life was like during the Second World war, with one unusual angle : how was Art impacted by the German ccupation?
How does it work?
To read Le portrait d'Esther and discover le Carnet noir : http://portrait-esther.fr/.