Espace pour la vie presents


Seven women scientists who changed history deservedly honoured at last

nobELLES is an exhibition by multidisciplinary artist MissMe and the Planetarium, honouring seven women scientists whom history has deleted. Their journeys calls us to reflect on various issues that women—especially women in science—are still facing today.

The work of these seven scientists has revolutionized their respective fields of expertise at a time when the mere fact of being a woman in these sectors was a revolution in and of itself. Yet their names, like their careers, have remained in the shadows.

nobELLESThis exhibition celebrates Lise Meitner, Jocelyn Bell, Katherine Johnson, Vera Rubin, Mary Jackson, Donna Strickland and Emmy Noether and their discoveries worthy of a Nobel Prize, which they never received. Above all, it invites visitors to reflect on the gender issues still present in science and technology today.

World-renowned Montreal artist MissMe puts her art and convictions at the service of these seven women. She uses pencil, charcoal, paint and cut-outs to create powerful portraits. For nobELLES, she also played with words: “When you consider representing someone, the image you create virtually turns into an icon. I think it would be a disservice to these women to represent them only through their physicality. To add words to their faces is to give them a voice […] I felt this produced a more accurate, respectful portrait.”

MissMe’s highly modern visual language brings these women of science to the forefront, where they rightfully belong.

This free exhibition continues at the Planetarium until April 28, 2024.

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