“Waking the Giants is an installation that hopes to use art as a way to bring more awareness to the dark history of residential schools, as well as the ongoing investigations and contributions to truth and reconciliation. Giants are the ones we look to, who, through their continued commitment to the truth and reconciliation process, have been paving the way for future generations. This installation hopes to highlight both the beauty in the resilience of the Indigenous community, as well as the support and solidarity that has been demonstrated by many non-Indigenous people.” –Sean Couchie
This free public art installation will be on display in the TIFF Bell Lightbox Atrium June 14–26. Join us for an opening night celebration with the artist in attendance on June 14, from 7pm to 9pm in the TIFF Bell Lightbox Atrium.
Wednesday – Sunday: 10am–10pm
Sean Couchie is a self-taught artist who developed an interest in art in early childhood, and later formalized his craft with a degree in Advertising Art from Fanshawe College in 1991. He is a Peace Hills Trust Native Art Contest winner (1992, 1996, 2002) whose work has been featured on the JUNOS Indigenous Honoring Ceremony and APTN, and is collected by Jody Wilson-Rayboud and Justice Murray Sinclair. Couchie’s first solo exhibition, See Me (2015), was installed at The Arts Project in London, Ontario. He has most recently exhibited with his daughter, Alexandar, in their two-person exhibition Between Worlds (2022) at Brescia University College. Couchie is a member of the Nipissing Band of Ojibways.