Courtesy Aylan Couchie
Aylan Couchie is a Nishnaabekwe interdisciplinary artist and writer hailing from Nipissing First Nation. Her works explore the connections between colonial/First Nations histories of place, culture, and Indigenous erasure, in addition to issues of (mis)representation and cultural appropriation. Couchie’s sculptures and videos address various themes, including the acknowledgement and reclamation of Indigenous lands through language as well as the trauma around forgotten histories. She is a NSCAD Univeristy, Halifax, alumna and received her MFA in Interdisciplinary Art, Media, and Design at the Ontario College of Art and Design University, Toronto, 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, Kingston, where she’s working on her PhD in Cultural Studies.