Olivier Ferlatte (Université de Montréal)
Presentation in French
Research on 2S/LGBTQIA+ communities have had the tendency to focus predominantly on our challenges and deficits, producing overly individualized understandings of our health. This trend is rapidly changing, thanks to research by and for our communities that are rooted in the principles of participatory research and social justice. In his keynote, Olivier Ferlatte will draw on his experiences conducting art-based action research with 2S/LGBTQIA+ communities to discuss how art can push the possibilities of community-based research even further. He will discuss how art-based action research creates unique spaces for reflexivity and introspections that generate new insights on our health. This presentation will feature photographs, videos and podcasts by community members to illustrate how art-based research can challenge stereotypes and explore more deeply the relationship between gender, sexual identity and health. Finally, this presentation will discuss how art can disrupt power dynamics in research and how it provides innovative mechanisms for community-based interventions that celebrate the strength and resilience of queer communities.