NANTEL, Lise (1944)

Lise Nantel holds an MFA from the Université du Québec à Montréal (1985). She has taught there occasionally, as well as at the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi and Concordia University, since 1985. She is a founding member of the publishing house Éditions du remue-ménage and coauthored Les Patenteux du Québec with Louise de Grosbois and Raymonde Lamothe (1974). As a feminist and textile artist, Nantel has been an active advocate of social justice and the recognition of women’s rights. As early as the 1970s, she was working with Marie Décary to create banners representative of the materials and techniques used in traditional women’s activities (weaving, sewing and quilting). In the 1980s, she teamed with Lyse Landry on an installation project that pursued the same themes: entitled Deux chambres à soi (“two rooms of one’s own”), it featured objects and schematized, overused structures that had been brought together as defining symbols of femininity. Nantel continues to participate in exhibitions throughout Quebec.