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Launch of Temps d’agir

Tuesday, April 12, 2011
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Temps d’agir

Les Filles Électriques and Planète Rebelle have the pleasure of inviting you to the launch of their new CD/book Temps d’agir on Friday, April 29, at a 5 à 7 at the Écomusée du Fier Monde, 2050 Amherst, with readings by the authors, personal stories and performances. The CD/book will be on sale at the special launch price of $20 tax included.

Temps d’agir (Time to Act) features the voices of women in prison. It contains writings and artwork produced during a creative arts program for incarcerated women called “Agir par l’imaginaire”, an initiative of the Elizabeth Fry Society of Quebec and Engrenage Noir / LEVIER. Temps d’agir reveals the daily grind and creative imagination of women in penal institutions. Their work is rich in intelligence, sensitivity, beauty and humanity, as brave as it is fragile. But the program is also meant to stimulate discussion, asking us to reflect on the links between criminalization and poverty—a poverty that can be economic, intellectual, physical, psychological, emotional, social or familial. Temps d’agir is both a place to ask questions and the expression of a rare kind of freedom.

Temps d’agir is published by Planète Rebelle in its “Traces” collection edited by D. Kimm and Les Filles Électriques. It was made possible by funds raised at the benefit evening Les Indispensables to support creative writing programs for women at risk organized by Les Filles Électriques.

Visual art and performances from the “Agir par l’imaginaire” program are featured in the interdisciplinary exhibit “Agir: Art of Women in Prison”, which runs May 27 to June 16 at the Eastern Bloc Gallery, 7240 rue Clark. Complete details at www.expoagir.com.