RetroLabo celebrates the Sutton Volunteer Centre’s 35th Anniversary by turning the spotlight on the people who work behind the scenes.
Two photographers have recreated 35 vintage photos, capturing the subjects’ timeless gaze and inner child. These portraits are accompanied by texts written by local children. These personal stories embody all those who have cultivated and kept alive the community spirit in Sutton & Abercorn.
RetroLabo: Art & Social Engagement
Our work is inspired by people coming together, by involving children and the population in our creative process in a way that fosters social cohesion. The RetroLabo project for the Sutton Volunteer Centre’s 35th anniversary was the perfect opportunity to highlight the people who are all too often overlooked in our community. We dug through 35 family albums and were particularly interested in evoking the inner child, which the work of Éliane Excoffier and Tristan Corbeil Lapointe captures eloquently. The artists focused primarily on the subjects’ gaze, rather than seeking to reproduce the vintage photos exactly. Much ingenuity went into creating Suzanne Lemay’s costumes and Eric Charbonneau’s sets. Sutton School children interviewed and collected the stories of the 35 subjects under the guidance of their teachers, Frédérique Bruneau, Marie-Hélène Desnoyers and Robyn Meyer. RetroLabo is a touching and thought provoking creation that reveals intimate stories that we can identify with and learn from.
Art Directors, Isabelle Grenier and Stéphane Lemardelé
Our 35th anniversary is a very special occasion to look back & honor all the volunteers that have so generously devoted themselves to creating the Sutton Volunteer Centre that we know & love today. Thank you to all, past and present, for helping build a stronger community. With your help, we continue to work towards our vision to be a place for the people of Sutton & Abercorn to come together by promoting social involvement, health and wellness, particularly for our families and seniors.What better way to honor our volunteers and our community, than by taking this fun & touching trip down memory lane? We loved the idea of creating a great big family photo album of the Sutton Volunteer Centre that brings together the recreated childhood photos of 35 people and their stories as told by children. Leaving us with so much more than a collection of individual tales, a true sense of the beautiful humanity with which people can and do take care of each other in Sutton & Abercorn.
Director Sutton Volunteer Centre, Janna Hubacek