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
PASSEPORT DARE-DARE 2014 + FESTIVITIES Save the date! The Montreal-based artist run centre DARE-DARE, dedicated to the dissemination of contemporary, multidisciplinary artwork, is pleased to invite you to its third annual fundraiser, PASSEPORT DARE-DARE: May 31st.
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.
May 14, 2014
5@9 Stamping Session On Wednesday May 14th a stamping session will take place at DARE-DARE to officially close the 2013 PASSPORT event.
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…