2021. Collaboration with Stephanie Florence and over 25 other collaborators. Printed book, 8.5” by 11”. Photo-credit to Autumn Sjølie.
Covid Collections is a community collaboration between members of ᐊᒥᐢᑿᒌᐚᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ, amiskwacîwâskahikan (Beaver Hills House or Edmonton) and from the greater Alberta region inclusive of BIPOC, disabled, 2SLGBTQIA+, mothers, sisters, daughters, non-binaries, artists, performers, poets, writers, academics, and more. This collection of stories, artworks, poems, and writings are an account of the individual struggles that people have faced during the Era of COVID. Struggles may be universal but they are not equal; some of our communities have been impacted greatly. The gift that this book can offer readers is a chance to connect with Edmontonians and have compassion for the folks they make eye contact with or brush against on the street. How do we collectively wish to move forward in the aftermath of COVID-19? What do we need to change to make sure that all of our community members are taken care of? This book does not offer answers but it offers perspective and proof that we need to implement new laws and systems that are based on empathy and understanding, and not systemically racist, ableist, elitist, and dismissive. Covid Collections invites you into the reality and experiences of the neighbours around you, and we welcome you with an open heart.
This book focuses on voices of inclusivity to fight descrimination of racism, ableism, sexuality, and gender.
Covid Collections is supported by the Edmonton Arts Council, and mentored by Annette Loiselle.