A sculpture in tribute to the Montreal writer Dany Laferrière was installed this Wednesday in the art garden of the Grande Bibliothèque in Montreal.
Roger Langevin’s work represents the Academician in a seated position on the highest step of a staircase. An excerpt from his most recent illustrated novel Exile is worth the trip is transcribed on the walls. It is made of a composite material called resilice.
The sculptor was inspired by a photo of the author of Haitian origin sitting in a staircase to create his installation.
“The work can logically only be installed in two places, either Petit-Goâve, the birthplace of man in Haiti, or Montreal, the birthplace of the writer in his profession. I wanted to convey both this seriousness and Dany’s intrinsic joy. His great humility too, ”he said.
Roger Langevin loaned his work to the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ) to mark the fifth anniversary of Dany Laferrière’s enthronement at the Académie française.
The sculpture also echoes the exhibition A nomadic heart, presented in the Quartier des spectacles, which retraces the 35-year career of Dany Laferrière.
Both Dany Laferrière and BAnQ President and CEO Jean-Louis Roy are of the opinion that Quebec writers should occupy a larger space in the city and its imagination.
“We are currently experiencing a real cultural siege. In the open air, public art allows people to enter into a relationship with a plastic subject, of course, but also, in the case of a work like this, with a remarkable writer and all that it can represent beyond literature, ”emphasizes Mr. Roy.