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Round table discussion

Wednesday, February 21, 2021, at 6 p.m.

Roland Pier, Gérard D. Laflaque censored by Radio-Québec, 1983. Gift of R. Pier, M2011.105.31 © McCord Museum

Censored: political cartoons and public opinion


Editorial cartoons can be provocative and are frequently censored, which rekindles debate about freedom of expression and reveals the fragility of this fundamental right. The question arises: can we laugh at everything?

Learn more about the consequences of censorship during a round table discussion linked to the exhibition Chapleau – Profession: Cartoonist. Well-known cartoonists share their experiences dealing with public opinion and its impact on their work.

Moderated by Ersy Contogouris, professor of art history and specialist in the history of caricature, Université de Montréal.


Serge Chapleau (Chapleau – La Presse)

Born in Montreal in 1945, Serge was the youngest in a family of seven – all boys. Raised in the working-class neighbourhood that would later be dubbed La Petite‐Patrie, he has often compared his childhood to the one portrayed in Jean-Claude Lauzon’s film Léolo, but minus the poetry. Drawing nevertheless occupied a major place in the modest family home on Drolet Street, and it was there that Serge learned the rudiments of what would become his profession.

After studies at the École des beaux-arts de Montréal and subsequent work experience in graphic art, he began making his name as a cartoonist, working for a wide range of publications and eventually becoming, in 1996, cartoonist for La Presse.

Guy Badeaux (BADO – Le Droit)

Born in Montreal in 1949, Guy Badeaux (Bado) has been the editorial cartoonist at the French language daily Le Droit in Ottawa since May 1981.

Winner of the National Newspaper Award in 1991, he is a member of the group Cartooning for Peace as well as treasurer of the Association of Canadian Cartoonists. He was also editor of the 22 first issues of Portfoolio: The Year’s Best Canadian Editorial Cartoons.

Jacques Goldstyn (Boris)

A geologist by training, Jacques Goldstyn has been a popular science illustrator for 30 years, providing drawings for the magazine Les Débrouillards and other publications. He contributed to the Quebec humour magazine Croc for 10 years. Today, he writes and illustrates stories for children from 6 to 106 years old.

Jacques Goldstyn’s political cartoons are published under the pen name Boris in the Gazette de la Mauricie and the Montreal Gazette. He still collects rocks.


Ersy Contogouris

Ersy Contogouris is a professor of art history at the Université de Montréal. Her research focuses on 18th- and 19th-century art as well as the history of caricature and visual satire, which she studies from feminist and queer perspectives. She has contributed articles to L’image railleuse : La satire visuelle du 18e siècle à nos jours (Dominic Hardy et al, 2019) and L’art de la caricature (Ségolène Le Men, 2011), and she collaborated on the book The Efflorescence of Caricature, 1759-1831 (Todd Porterfield, 2016) and the organization of the conference James Gillray@200: Caricaturist without a Conscience? (Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, 2015).

The round table will be held at the Museum with limited seating and will be broadcast live on social networks.

The discussion will be held in French and will be followed by a bilingual question period.

Free activity, seating is limited.
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Location: J.A. Bombardier Theatre, McCord Museum

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