“Rather than merely reflecting the times, ‘In an atomic era, the illustrator should be a reactor’. A nuclear reactor is not a settling prospect but the public-intellectual illustrator, as catalyst, stimulating energy and change. The role is ours by inheritance and duty.”
The Illustrator as Public Intellectual, Weaver 1959 in Jaleen Grove 2017
Ravy is an illustrator based in Montreal. She mainly works in communication for organizations, with the press for editorials and with book publishers. She speaks Khmer, French and English.
Born in Canada of Cambodian parents, she grew up with a plural vision of the world. After her Fine Arts degree and her studies in Geography, she chose illustration as her language for social action. Reading the words of Alan Male in his book The Power and Influence of Illustration has convinced her that art with a purpose is key to achieving impact and lasting significance.
She pursues a research-creation approach with both lenses of visual culture and critical race theory. She finds her inspiration from thinkers whose critical sense makes activism a form of art, like Angela Davis, Naomi Klein and Toni Cade Bambara.
Her personal work focuses on representations and cultural identities, that she explores through narratives of migration and decolonial feminism. Ravy is currently doing a Master in Medias Studies about illustration and its potentiality for political agency and the use of counter narrative in storytelling as an act of resistance.
She has been telling parts of her family’s migration stories for a decade through fine arts and photography. She has always wanted to make her first documentary film about her parent’s journey. As they still haven’t give their consent, she is considering doing a graphic novel. Her mantra is slowly but surely.
Do you think it’s important to promote your Asian heritage in your work as an artist? – Ravy Puth” (Festival Accès Asie & 2nd National Asian Heritage Month Symposium, Laurence Ly, Karianne Sauvé, 2020)
Unite Against Anti-Asian Racism – Unis contre le racisme anti-asiatique #2 #AsiansAreNotTheVirus (Festival Accès Asie & 2nd National Asian Heritage Month Symposium, Laurence Ly & Karianne Sauvé, 2020)
Coming for April 2021
A young girl and her family arrive in an airport in a new country. They are refugees, migrants who have travelled across the world to find safety. Inspired by the author’s own experience as a child refugee, when a stranger’s wonderful gift made such a difference that she was determined to repeat it years later.
Tellement Courteau, radio vlog (2020)
Comment transformer une banane en vélo?! (Des matins en or, Radio de Radio-Canada, 2020)
Livres jeunesse pour sensibiliser les jeunes au racisme et aux discriminations liées à la race (L’Euguélionne, 2020)
Des livres jeunesse pour ouvrir à la diversité et lutter contre le racisme (Un autre blog de maman, 2020)
Photo: Librairie Saga Bookstore
l’Euguélionne library Montreal
Violette and Co library, Paris
Exhibition & fairs here.