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Raymonde April, O.C.

Montréal, Quebec [Canada]

Officer of the Order of Canada

Awarded on May 6, 2010; Invested on November 17, 2010

Raymonde April has made a significant contribution to the evolution of photography in Canada. This artist and chair of the Studio Arts department at Concordia University has set herself apart in documentary photography and broadened its horizons by incorporating the self-portrait and details from daily life. Her works, which include publications and films, have been the subject of both national and international exhibitions, and have been acquired by prominent museum institutions. Known to be constantly on the lookout for new avenues, she is equally recognized for her commitment to the artistic community, notably for co-founding La Chambre Blanche, one of the first artist-run centres in Canada.