Denis Lessard: Letter Athlete

Videos and documents

November 15 – December 15, 2018

Project Description


In Letter Athlete, Denis Lessard retraces the numerous ramifications of two archival documents in his possession during the creation of approximately thirty short videos in conversation with Michel Belisle, videos made following discussions with friends, family, artist colleagues, cultural workers and archivists. In this video series, Lessard and Belisle touch on a certain famous American author with roots in Québec, family memories, translation, newspaper clippings, and a trip to Massachusets…

In Letter Athlete, viewers are invited to follow the pair’s meandering reflections on authenticity, the value of documents, literature and language through the videos, and then draw their own conclusions and interpretations from the pieces of evidence displayed on the gallery wall!

Webcast on the ArchAPo site, as of December 16, 2018.

Watch the video capsule about Letter Athlete filmed in the Galerie passage des membres HERE



Denis Lessard is a visual artist and archivist.He is particularly interested in the links between documents and the people or communities that produced or received them. His performances and visual creations were presented in Canada, the United States, France and the Netherlands.He holds a Master’s degree in Art History and a Certificate in Archival Science from the Université de Montréal (1985 and 2010).Recipient of the Louis Comtois Prize in 1994, he has also received several Canada Council for the Arts grants and two travel grants from the Conseil des arts et lettres du Québec.He lives and works in Montreal.


Photo : Guy L’Heureux and the Lowell Sun. Staff photo