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Alexandrine Boudreault-Fournier

Réalisateur/trice, Anthropologue, Programmateur/trice


Réalisatrice Canadienne et Programmatrice du Festival international de films Diasporas, Cultures et Citoyennetés 2011.


She is Canadian Filmmaker and Programmer of the International film festival Diasporas, Cultures and Citizenships, Montreal edition 2011.

Alexandrine Boudreault-Fournier is a Faculty Member (Anthropology) of University of Victoria (Canada).

My anthropological approach is grounded in the exploration of what would constitute an « Ethnography of image and sound production. » It aims at thinking creatively about anthropology while experimenting with the audio-visual medium. I pursue collaborative and participatory types of exploratory audio-visual production with practitioners from different backgrounds. The « relational aesthetic » that emerges from these interactions allows me to research cultural and social phenomena. I edit and produce films and installations that seek to cross boundaries between Anthropology, Visual Arts and Media Arts. I therefore engage with the creative agency of the anthropologist in adopting a role as a researcher-producer. Because of my fascination with music and sound, I aim at contributing to the recognition of the audio dimension in Visual Anthropology. More than an accessory, sound becomes the center of my attention. Music is my muse. Rapid changes occurring in late socialist Cuba continually add to my research on youth popular culture. I explore the ideological dimensions of popular music by looking at not only its production side, but also its reception and consumption.

Current Projects

Since October 2011, I have been collaborating on a research project called ‘Music, Digitisation, Mediation: Towards Interdisciplinary Music Studies’ (MusDig) headed by Professor Georgina Born at the University of Oxford. As part of this project, I have investigated digital technologies and social media in Montreal. I have also conducted research in Cuba on everyday music consumption and on the influences of digital technologies on intellectual property rights. The data gathered in Montreal and Cuba will be compared and analyzed in light of the material collected by the other research team members in India, Argentina, Canada, England and Kenya. I am currently working on sound-video installations with musicians and filmmakers (Echo; Derumbos) in Cuba and Canada. These projects are experiments through which I reflect upon an « Ethnography of image and sound production. » I am a co-researcher on a three-year research grant at the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Sherbrooke. As a visual anthropologist on the research team project, I contribute to the participatory approach of the investigation by implementing photovoice sessions as a means to better comprehend the perception of health care services from the perspective of both patients living under the poverty line and professional health providers.

Selected Publications

Book collection

2012. Afrodescendance, cultures et citoyennetés. Edited with Francine Saillant. Quebec: Laval University Press, Nord-Sud.

Articles and Chapters
2012 Fairley, Jan and Alexandrine Boudreault-Fournier. Recording the Revolution: 50 years of Music Studios in Revolutionary Cuba. In The Art of Record Production. Simon Zagorski-Thomas and Simon Frith. London: Ashgate, p. 247-267.

2012 Loignon, Christine and Alexandrine Boudreault-Fournier. From Paternalism to Benevolent Coaching. Canadian Family Physician, Nov. 58:1194-1195.

2012 Écho d’une rencontre virtuelle: Vers une ethnographie de la production audio-visuelle. Anthropologica 54(1).

2012 Ethnographic Mise-en-scene: On Locating the Anthropologist’s Creative Agency. Anthropology News. February.

2010 Ateliers hip-hop et double morale à Cuba. Cahiers de recherche sociologique 49:95-121.

2009 Complicity Through Montage: A Call for an Intercultural Approach to Ethnographic Filmmaking. Ethnologies 31(2):169-188.

2008 Positioning the New Reggaetón Stars in Cuba: From Home-Based Recording Studios to Alternative Narratives. The Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology 13(2):337-361.

Selected Film

2010 Golden Scars (61 min.). Funded in part by the Filmmaker Assistance Program (FAP), National Film Board of Canada. Launching: November 22, 2010, National Film Board of Canada, Montreal.

Selected Exhibition

2011 Echo ~the first tie. Audio-visual installation. Selected for Ethnographic Terminalia 2011 Montreal. Art exhibition hosted by Eastern Bloc (Centre for New Media and Interdisciplinary Art), Montreal, Canada.

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