Geneviève Amyot

Nous sommes beaucoup qui avons peur

June 4, 2014 - August 5, 2014


Fear, especially its confrontation, is at the heart of Geneviève Amyot’s work and most of all in "Nous sommes beaucoup qui avons peur", published posthumous in 20031 by Éditions du Noroît. In this text, the author reveals the valves of the fear – of her personal fears and our common fears – inviting us to a meeting with ourselves, without the possibility of escape, to confront the repressed fear that contains us all.

The strenght of these poems on fear stands on intransigence, the central value on the subject. Indeed, Amyot does not stay within the realm of surface fears - "Nous avons si peur du feu"; rather she turns them around, to show us the fear hidden behind fear: "de l’absence / du feu". It is thus our comfort with superficial fears that Amyot challenges and, in a true and timeless way, she exposes the core of fear's eternal power.



Geneviève Amyot (1945-200) is a Quebec author and poet. Together with a long career as an educator, she published novels trough VLB éditeurs: L’absent aigu (1976), Journal de l’année passée (1978), Petites fins du monde (1988) as well as collections of poetry with Éditions du Noroît: La mort était extravagante (1975), Dans la pitié des chairs (1982), Corps d’atelier (1990 - First recipient of the Prix de poésie - Terrasses Saint-Sulpice and Governor General's Award finalist), Je t’écrirai encore demain (1994).

Que vous ai-je raconté ? is a correspondence between Jean désy and Geneviève Amyot from 1990 to 2000 that reaveals Amyot's conceptual approach to writing. 


1 AMYOT, GenevièveLa mort était extravagante followed by Nous sommes beaucoup qui avons peur. Montreal, Éditions du Noroît, 2003, 104 pages.

Past Projects

May 31, 2014
DARE-DARE PASSEPORT + FESTIVITIES PASSEPORT DARE-DARE is an annual artistic fundraising activity that encourages collaboration between businesses, cultural centers and the visual art community.
May 19, 2014
Sonia Pelletier - Research residency As part of its Field 2_Critical Space research residency project, DARE-DARE is please to welcome Edith Brunette.
April 28, 2014
Edith Brunette - Research residency As part of its Field 2_Critical Space research residency project, DARE-DARE is please to welcome Edith Brunette. Research residency : April 28th - May 30th Presentation : August 13th, 6.30 pm
March 26, 2014
Viviane Namaste Ten slogans invite readers to understand better the neighbourhood in which the road sign is situated: its history, its artists, its ethnocultural communities, its workers, its forgotten traces. The statements seek to make visible forgotten elements of everyday life in Quartier des spectacles: the popular singer, Aboriginal art, the demolition of social housing, the closure of a middle eastern grocery store…
March 1, 2014
MAUDE S. PILON Maude S. Pilon will host several public readings of her text instructions inhospitalières (Inhospitable Instructions), in the presence of patients and medical staff. These readings, which intend to create confrontations between the textual and the real, will take place in the upcoming months of December and January, in the waiting rooms, in the corridors, in the entrances, elevators, cafeterias, patients' rooms and doctors' offices of the Hôtel-Dieu, Notre-Dame and Saint-Luc CHUM hospitals in Montréal.
February 14, 2014
MANUELA LALIC Manuela Lalic uses the fundamental contradictory similarities of snow and polystyrene in order to immerse herself in the public space with humour. She tries to understand her relationship to sculpture in the public space by focusing her attention on its limitative aspects (politics, security, material durability) and, at the same time, trying to integrate herself in it, like an unknown object.