Aylan Couchie is a Nishnaabekwe interdisciplinary artist and writer hailing from Nipissing First Nation. She is a NSCAD University alumna and received her MFA in Interdisciplinary Art, Media and Design at OCAD University where she focused her thesis on reconciliation and its relationship to monument and public art. She’s currently in her second year of study at Queen’s University where she’s working on her PhD in the Cultural Studies program. Her written, gallery and public works explore the intersections of colonial/First Nations histories of place, culture and Indigenous erasure as well as issues of (mis)representation and cultural appropriation. She’s been the recipient of several awards including an “Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture” award through the International Sculpture Centre and a Premier’s Award through Ontario Colleges. She serves as the Chair of Native Women in the Arts and currently lives and works from her home community of Nipissing First Nation in Northern Ontario.
- Article: “The ‘Site-Specific’ art and politics of Aylan Couchie”, Anishinabek News, February 2018
- Podcast: Talking Art with Aylan Couchie, The Roundtable Podcast with Wayne K. Spear, January 13, 2018
- Social Media Writer-In-Residence: #callresponse, Blackwood Gallery, December 15, 2017 – January 27, 2018
- Article: Anti-seal hunt rhetoric ignores facts and suppresses Indigenous culture, Written by Ian Mosby & Aylan Couchie, The Globe and Mail, October 2017
- Article: Let’s Start With What Cultural Appropriation is Not, Written by Aylan Couchie, Global News, May 2017
- Article: Returning Our Voices to Us: The recent debate about cultural appropriation shows that true reconciliation is not about saying sorry, it’s about listening to Indigenous Voices, Written by Aylan Couchie, IRPP Policy Options, May 2017
- Exhibition: Wake The Town and Tell the People, Mana Contemporary, Chicago, IL