Kat Coric was born in 1969 in the Croatian city of Dubrovnik but has made Montréal her home since her family immigrated there in 1974. A multidisciplinary artist, Coric stands out as a heterosexual female artist in the gay Circuit party subculture. An ardent activist supporting LGBT rights and HIV/AIDS awareness, from 1997 to 2002 she served as director of cultural programming for the BCCM Foundation, which produces Montréal's annual Black & Blue Festival, where she founded the festival's annual art auction -- a first for a Circuit party.
Coric has long been outspoken about the dangers of crystal meth. She pioneered the BBCM Foundation's Health Education Campaign to educate partygoers about the dangers of recreational drugs. A series of posters using the image of Tina Turner along with witty but pointed slogans like "She's the only good Tina" and "Crystal is better at Tiffany's" was picked up by New York City's massive Dance on the Pier. Her 2005 short film, made with fellow artist Jean-Pierre Pérusse (Radical5), "Leatherealia Against the Evil Crystal Queen," was seen in clubs around the world. In 2006, she produced Montréal's first Crystal Meth Community Forum.
Coric also uses her art to educate youth about HIV prevention. She has raised considerable sums to support Quebec children and families affected by HIV.
In 2008, she was invited to be a presenter at the First Global Conference on Methamphetamine in Prague, Czech Republic. She also returned to her hometown for a fundraising campaign and solo exhibit at Art Workshop Lazareti.
Her and Pérusse's 2009 Montréal exhibit PER7EPTION doubled as an AIDS awareness campaign. Coric then turned her 40th birthday celebration at mega-club Parking into a fundraiser for a local HIV outreach group. Her own "Gay Superheroes" series was part of a group exhibition during Montreal Gay Pride, which, along with Quebec's Council for Gays and Lesbians, has singled her out for her longtime activism.
Coric, reps painter Yunus Chkirate. Arch & Company Fine Arts Ltd. in Toronto reps her own work, which has been sold to several public and private collections.
Public Collection, Galerie Dentaire, Montréal
In the Artist's Own Words...
"Pink Victory Boy" was created to express hope in the face of much adversity. The figure of the boy has raised his fist, in the process of letting out a scream. The boy represents Coric's vision of the eventual socio-cultural victory of the LGBT community, a painted representation of a wish for a better future.