“As I stood up on a peak of this mountain, now home to a telecom tower, aware of the relatively narrow band of land below, some peeks of ocean appear to both west and east, I couldn’t help but think about some of the things that had stood out to me from the summit, about names and labels and home.”Kori Doty
BC Community Advocates Program (BC COMMA) is an annual program that invites community members from all over BC to help spread the word on the latest trends and insights in queer health.
This year, they brought twelve artists and content creators who self-identified as members of the gay, bi, queer (GBQ) and gender-diverse (GD) communities to attend the 2021 Summit: Disrupt and Reconstruct organized by the Community-Based Research Centre (CBRC) and create art piece(s) inspired by what they learned and saw.
In total, this year’s COMMA participants created 20 pieces ranging from acrylic paintings to multi-media drag performances.
See Kori Doty’s art piece, On Label, and others.
The piece uses fragments that tie in drug user agency, psychedelic healing, decolonization, neurodivergence, language barriers and art/science/academic elitism. The piece itself dancing between personal narrative, journalistic reporting and editorial candour present itself as an organism, complex and multifaceted. In this way it represents the summit, its participants, and our movements. Watch the Summit 2021 session that inspired this piece.