Jean [The Honourable Jean Augustine] [graphic material]

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    September 2005.
    R12496-0-5-E, Volume number: 1
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    • Jean [The Honourable Jean Augustine]
      Jean [The Honourable Jean Augustine]
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    September 2005.
    Place of creation:
    1 print: ink jet on vinyl banner; 626.5 x 454.0 cm.
    Image : 454.000 X 626.500 cm
    Support : 633.000 X 460.500 cm
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    Scope and content:
    Item consists of a portrait of the Honourable Jean Augustine, the first black woman elected to Parliament in 1993.
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    Biography/Administrative history:
    Thauberger, Althea, 1970-: Althea Thauberger was born in 1970 in Saskatoon. She has a B.F.A. in photography from Concordia University in Montreal and a M.F.A. from the University of Victoria in British Columbia. She has received national and international praise for her conceptual-based projects that combine elements of performance with photography, film and video. She has presented video installations in solo exhibitions in Montreal, New York, California, and Vancouver. She has also presented community projects in Victoria, Montreal, and Richmond, B.C., and participated in a number of group exhibitions in North America and Europe. In 2004 she was short-listed for the Sobey Art Award, the most prestigious prize for a young Canadian artist. Source:

    Augustine, Jean 1937-: The Honourable Jean Augustine is the first black woman elected to Parliament in 1993. Ms. Augustine was Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister from 1994-1996, Secretary of State for Multiculturalism and the Status of Women from 2002-2004. She was born in Grenada in 1937 and emigrated to Canada in 1959. Working for a number of years as an elementary school principal before entering politics, Ms. Augustine has been involved in many social causes, particularly anti-racism initiatives, and is the recipient of numerous awards for her services. She is involved with the Jean Augustine Scholarship Fund, a scholarship established in her honour that provides help to single mothers studying at George Brown College in Toronto. Ms. Augustine is largely responsible for having February declared Black History Month in Canada. After retiring from politics she became the first Fairness Commissioner, a position created to advocate for Canadians with foreign professional credentials. Source:
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    General Note:
    The creation of Jean was a three-way collaboration between the artist, the sitter, and Gallery 101, a non-profit artist-run centre in Ottawa. The large-scale photographic portrait of Jean Augustine was created specifically by Thauberger for installation on the exterior front façade of Gallery 101. The aim of the installation was to help raise public awareness of art, to highlight connections between politics and art, and to enhance the gallery's profile. The portrait explores ideas of representation, race, individuality, gender, and monumentality (the scale of the work resembles advertising billboards, but without the overt messages or slogans of that medium).
    Exhibitions note:
    The work was exhibited at Gallery 101, Ottawa, 2005 to 2007.
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    Credit: Althea Thauberger, Library and Archives Canada, archival reference number R12496, e008299388
    Copyright: Althea Thauberger
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