Printemps 2015

Montreal 2072: a cyberpunk student strike from the future

An imaginative series of drawings showing the faces of a Quebec student strike in the year 2072
Photo: Nicolas Francoeur

Nicolas Francoeur is a concept artist and illustrator from Montreal who has created a series of illustrations of what the faces of a cyberpunk student strike in the year 2072 might look like. We're not going to lie, it's pretty awesome. Enjoy, and check out our almanac to browse all of our multi-platform coverage of the 2015 Quebec anti-austerity movement.

"I have always found," Francoeur told Ricochet. "That the protests of the maple spring had great power, both symbolically and visually. There is such a strong iconography to the movement, including the red square, and the green square, and a series of larger-than-life characters like Rabbit Crew, Agent 728, Anarchopanda, etc. I wanted to reinvent this cast of characters with a post-apocalyptic look, a dystopian vision something like a Quebec version of Mad Max.

Obviously I slipped in an editorial message, but I also wanted to play with the design of these characters and their costumes. In the end, I wanted to create a work that paid homage to this struggle which has captivated the attention of Quebecers."

All 'quotes' below were added by Ricochet, inspired by these images and the original French text accompanying them.

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