It is with great pleasure that La Centrale welcomes Rihab Essayh, general co-director & programming and Rosemarie Laporte, general co-director & communications and public engagement in the co-director team.

Since the beginning of their mandate in July, they have already started working on the special programming for La Centrale’s 50th anniversary! The team is ready to sustain and grow the centre’s community, by carrying on its mandate of intersectional feminism, equity and inclusivity.

Born in Morocco and raised in Tiohtià:ke/ Montreal, Rihab Essayh is an interdisciplinary artist whose large-scale, immersive installations create spaces of slowing down and softening. Her practice is informed by her ethos of soft futurism; a sensibility that uncompromisingly imagines new and equitable futures that identifies vulnerability and interdependence as pillars of collective liberation and wellbeing. She completed her MFA at the University of Guelph in 2022.

Rosemarie Laporte is a cultural worker, visual artist and poet based in Tiohtià:ke/Montreal. Their work offers moments of vulnerability, which weave the intricate relationships between the physical and intimate memories held by familiar spaces. Along with their practice, they have taken part in collectives and non-profit organizations centered towards contemporary emerging artists. Rosemarie graduated from a BFA in visual and media arts at l’UQAM in 2022. 

Photo credit : Tyra Maria Trono