Angélique 1734. Guy Giard, 2004.
This photo installation offers an opportunity to reflect on a little-known truth in the history of Montréal: the presence of African and Native slaves during the 17th and 18th centuries. Who were they, where did they come from, what became of them? Little documented information is available on the subject. However, the name of a slave appears in the court transcripts of a major trial: Marie-Joseph Angélique, a young slave woman condemned to be executed in the public square on June 21, 1734. Her story is at the centre of a project by Guy Giard that invites the public to reflect on what daily life must have been like for her and so many others during that period.