Nadia Myre

Born in 1974 - Canada


biography under completion

Born in Montreal, Nadia Myre is a First Nations artist who employs collaborative processes as a strategy for engaging in conversations about identity, resilience and politics of belonging.

From collectively beading over the 56 pages of the Indian Act with more than 230 participants – replacing the words with strings of red and white seed beads – to the ongoing Scar Project in which over 400 people have sewn their emotional, physical, or spiritual scars onto canvas, Nadia Myre’s multi-disciplinary practice has been inspired by participant involvement as well as recurring themes of longing and loss, identity and language.

Recent accomplishments include an artist-in-residency at the McCord Museum culminating in her exhibition Decolonial Gestures or Doing it Wrong? Refaire le chemin (2016), winning the 2014 Sobey Art Award, and commissions for new work: Oraison/Orison (galerie Oboro, Montreal, 2014), Formes et Paroles (Musée Dapper, Senegal, 2014), and Sakahàn (National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, 2013).

As well as having participated in international biennales (Shanghai 2014, Sydney 2012, and Montreal 2011), Myre’s work has featured in prominent group exhibitions such as Water Diary (FRAC Haute-Normandie, Sotteville-lès-Rouen, FR), Changing Hands 3 (Museum of Art and Design, New York, NY), Pour une république des rêves (CRAC Alsace - Centre Rhénan d’Art Contemporain, Altkirch, FR), Time, Le temps du dessin (Ensemble Poirel, Nancy, France), Vantage Point (National Museum of American Indian National Mall, Washington, DC), It Is What It Is (National Gallery of Canada), and Femmes Artistes. L’éclatement des frontières 1965-2000 (Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, QC).

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Exhibitions (solo)

Code Switching, Art Mûr, Leipzig, Allemagne
Code Switching, Musée des Beaux-arts de Montréal, Montréal, QC

Decolonial Gesture or Doing it Wrong? Refaire le chemin, McCord Museum, Montreal, QC (artist in residence, 6 months)

A Casual Reconstruction, Centre Vaste et Vague, Carleton-sur-mer, QC (artist in residence, 2 weeks)

Orison, Galerie OBORO, Montreal, QC (artist in residence, 2 years)
Nadia Myre: recent works, Cirque de Soleil, Montreal, QC

Needle Works, MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, ON
Nadia Myre: oeuvres multidisciplinaires, Maison de la culture Marie-Uguay, Montreal, QC

Nadia Myre: Réflexion sur le territoire, Galerie du RIFT, Ville-Marie, QC

Nadia Myre: Recontres / Encounters, Musée d’Art contemporain des Laurentides, St. Jérome, QC
Nadia Myre: Symbology Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa, ON
Nadia Myre: The Forgiveness Project La Maison des artistes visuels francophones, Winnipeg, MB

Hide: Skin as Material and Metaphor National Museum of the American Indian, Manhattan, NY
The Scar Project Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, MI

Rethinking Anthem and Other new Work, TIAF (Solo Spaces Program), Toronto, ON
Landscape of Sorrow and other new work, Art Mûr, Montréal, QC

Othered Women, Redshift Gallery, Saskatoon, SK (3-part exhibition with PAVED Arts and AKA)
Nadia Myre: Works on Paper, St. Francis Xavier University Art Gallery, Antigonish, NS
A fleur de peau, Musée d’Art contemporain des Laurentides, St. Jérome, QC

The Scar Project, Urban Shaman, Winnipeg, MB

The Want Ads and Other Scars, Urban Shaman, Winnipeg, MB
The Scar Project, Third Space Gallery, Saint John, NB

Cicatrices; histories partagées, Art Mûr, Montréal, QC
Skin Deep or Poetry for the Blind, Union Gallery, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON

Cicatrices ou poésie pour les aveugles, Art Mûr, Montréal, QC

Indian Act, Grunt Gallery, Vancouver, BC
Cont[r]act, Galerie Oboro, Montréal, QC

Riding Lines, Indian Art Centre, Hull, QC

Exhibitions (group)

Crossing Over Place, Institute for New Connotative Action, Seattle, Washington
Ensemble, Vu Photo, Québec, QC
Itasca, The Bindery Project, Saint Paul, Minnesota
Myth of Fishes, Campbell River Art Gallery, Campbell River, BC
Tributaries: midway ‘twixt earth and heaven, Canadian Glass and Clay Gallery, Waterloo, ON

N2N: Widening the Narrows, Orillia Museum of Art and History, Orillia, ON
Custom Made, Kamloops Art Gallery, Kamloops, BC
Oubliées ou disparues : Akonessen, Zitya, Tina, Marie et les autres, Maison de la culture Frontenac, Montreal, QC

Formes et Paroles, Gorée, Senegal, AF
2014 SOBEY shortlist exhibition, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, MB
Before and after the Horizon: Anishinaabe Artists of the Great Lakes, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ON
Territoires partagé, Art Action Actuelle, St-Jean-sur-Richelieux, QC
Les Jardins du précambrien, Val-David, QC

Resistance– And Then, We Built New Forms, MANIF d’Art 7, Quebec, QC
C’est notre histoire, Musée de civilization, Quebec, QC
Territoires partagé, Centre vaste et vague, Carleton-sur-mer, QC
L’image rôde, (curated by Louise Déry) Le Fresnoy, Tourcoing, France
Before and after the Horizon: Anishinaabe Artists of the Great Lakes, National Museum of the American Indian, Manhattan, NY
Sakahàn: 1st International Quinquennial of New Indigenous Art, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, ON
Water Diary, Frac Haute-Normandie, Sotteville-lès-Rouen, FR
Dazzling Dancing Beads, North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks, ND
Changing Hands III: Art Without Reservation, Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY

Trouvé, Birch Libralato, Toronto, ON
Changing Hands III: Art Without Reservation, Museum of Art and Design, Manhattan, NY
‘all our relations’, 2012 Biennial of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
The Body in Question, Centre d’exposition de l’UQAM, Montréal, QC
Voilà !, Centre d’exposition de Rouyn-Noranda, Rouyn-Noranda, QC
Streaming Alterity, Art Gallery of Peterborough, Peterborough, ON
Meditations on Black Lake, Art Mûr, Montréal, QC
Baliser le territoire / A Stake in the Ground, Art Mûr, Montréal, QC

Mens-moi, Art Mûr, Montréal, QC
Cosmologies des première nations, Maison des Jésuites de Sillery, Québec, QC
Se Reconnaître, Espace Virtuel, Chicoutimi, QC
La Loi sur les Indiens – Revisitée • The Indian Act, Revised, McCord Museum, Montréal, QC
Patriot Loves Windsor Art Gallery, Windsor, ON
Pour une république des rêves, CRAC Alsace - Centre Rhénan d’Art Contemporain, Altkirch, FR
Biennale de Montréal, École des beaux-arts de Montréal, Montréal, QC
Patriot Loves, Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa, ON
Hide: Skin as Material and Metaphor, Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Santa Fe, NM
Washed Out, Konsthall C / Central Tvätt, Hökarängen / Apexart Franchise, Stockholm, SE
Contested Territories, Truck Gallery, Calgary, AB

It Is What It Is. Recent Acquisitions of New Canadian Art, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, ON
Vantage Point: The Contemporary Native Art Collection, National Museum of American Indian, Washington, DC
Femmes Artistes. L’Éclatement des frontières. 1965-2000, Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, Québec, QC
To Be Reckoned With, MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina, SK
Montreal Art Contemporary, Contemporary Art Galleries Association, Shanghai Times Square, Shanghai, CN
Ces artistes qui impriment, La Grande bibliothèque & Centre d’archives de Montréal, Montréal, QC
Drawing Time / Le temp du dessin, Ensemble Poirel, Nancy, FR

Remix: New Modernities in a Post-Indian World, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ON
Cosmogonies of the First Nations, Grande Bibliothèque de Montréal, Montréal, QC

Never let the Facts get in the Way of the Truth, Western Front, Vancouver, BC
Remix: New Modernities in a Post-Indian World, National Museum of the American Indian, New York, NY

Shapeshifters, Time Travellers and Storytellers, Royal Ontario Museum – Crystal Gallery, Toronto, ON
Remix: New Modernities in a Post-Indian World, Heard Museum, Phoenix, AZ

Making Sense of Things, Gorman Art Gallery, University of Berkeley, Davis, CA
Fray, joint exhibition between the Textile Museum and the Koffler Gallery, Toronto, ON

The American West‚ Compton Verney Gallery, London, UK
Nouvelles acquisitions de la COPA, Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, Québec, QC
In My Lifetime, Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, Québec, QC

Encounters, Hoffman Gallery of Contemporary Art, Lewis & Clark College, Portland, OR
Unfolding Territories, Faculty of Creative Arts Gallery, University of Wollongong, NSW, AU
Beyond Words, Foreman Art Gallery, Bishop’s University, Lennoxville, QC

Path Breakers, Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis, IN

Permanent Exhibitions/Public Art/Commissions

Ville de Montreal (winner) for L’entreinte des temps, as guest member of la Société d’archives affectives

Toronto Transit Corporation (finalist for St. Claire West subway station) as member of aandeg collective
Textile Museum of Canada (invitation) – Sail Design for PanAm games, Toronto, with Karen Spencer
Government of Canada, Foreign Affairs, (winner) London House, Quebec Room – Carpet design, with Karen Spencer

Galerie des arts visuels, Université de Laval à Quebec (invitation) – Outdoor 20’ x 20’ banner, with Karen Spencer
McGill University Health Centre (CUSM) (finalist) – Indoor wall mosaic
Revue À Bâbord (invitation) – to design cover page of special Indigenous issue

Ottawa Light Rail Transit (ORLT), Phase 1 (winner) – Art integration for Pimisi Station (under development)
Musée de civilization, Quebec, Quebec (acquisition)
National Gallery of Canada (commission) – for SAKAHAN exhibition

Musée des beaux-arts de Montreal (finalist) 3rd floor rooftop of new pavilion
Musée des beaux-arts de Montreal, 3rd floor (acquisition)

Ville de Laval (finalist) – outdoor sculpture for soccer field

University of Chicoutimi (finalist) – outside building facade

Canadian Museum of Civilization, First People’s Pavilion (acquisition)

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