LONDON, ONT. – Sean Couchie’s new exhibition, See Me, draws its guests into a world of spirituality, hope and pain. The artist saw an opportunity to bring awareness to the hundreds of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. His goal is simple: to humanize these women and girls so people will finally see them as people instead of statistics. The show will run from May 11 -23 at The ARTS Project, 203 Dundas St. in London. The opening reception for Sean Couchie will be May 12 from 6:30 – 10 p.m.
On Monday, May 11 at 6pm we will be honouring the families and the women and girls in a traditional ceremony led by Elder and Healer, Liz Akiwenski. The See Me project committee has worked with multiple indigenous community members and groups in London, including At^losha Native Family Healing Services and the Indigenous Services community at Western University, to create a show that is culturally respectful and honours the memory of these women and girls. The installation will feature informative storyboards and will have a specific focus on the 72 missing and murdered indigenous women in Ontario.
Will you finally See Me if I am no longer just a statistic?
Sean Couchie is a member of the Nipissing Band of Ojibways and makes his home in London, Ontario. He is a graduate of Fanshawe College. Sean creates highly detailed works, incorporating different media and techniques such as oils, acrylics, pen and ink, scratchboard and wood burning. Sean won the Peace Hills Trust Native Art Contest in 1992, 1996 and 2005.
For more information, please contact:
Mandi Fields, See Me Producer
Elayne Isaacs, Director of Operations
At^lohsa Native Family Healing Services INC.