Urban Shaman Contemporary Aboriginal Art and Nadia Myre: Living with Contradiction and Other Work, September 24 - November 20

Artist: Nadia Myre

Title: Living with Contradiction and Other Work

Dates: September 24 to November 20, 2021

Online 360 viewing TBA

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Artist Statement:

My practice combines beadwork, stitch-work, photography, video, installation, performance and collaborative process as a way to have people engage in conversations about identity, resilience and politics of belonging. In my work, I consider how transcultural objects and practices are potent symbols of cultural pollination that affirm Indigenous histories and sovereignties. My interests address Indigenous to Indigenous relationships, as well as Indigenous to settler/colonial relationships (such as contested histories and social/political struggles). Throughout my practice, I strive to translate my own experiences, as well as those of other Indigenous peoples, into works that are meaningful, symbolic, and empowering.


Nadia Myre is a nationally renowned interdisciplinary artist and Algonquin member of the Kitigan Zibi Anishnabeg First Nation. As exemplified by seminal works such as Indian Act (2002), The Scar Project (2005-2013), and A Casual Reconstruction (2015), Myre explores the politics of belonging by positioning it within a framework of Indigenous resistance and resilience. Extensively exhibited and collected, Myre's work can be found in prominent collections including: Government of Canada (Canadian embassies in New York, London, Paris and Greece); city of Montreal, Ottawa, and Laval collections; the National Gallery of Canada, Smithsonian Institute National Museum of American Indian, Kadist Foundation, Musée nationale des beaux-arts du Quebec, Art Gallery of Ontario, Montreal Art Contemporary, and Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Recent exhibitions include: Volume 0 (guest curator Max Carocci, Zuecca Projects off-site 2019 Venice Biennale); Listen, speak and sing, (guest curator Better Julian, Prefix, Toronto, 2019); Balancing Acts (curator Sarah Quinton, Textile Museum, Toronto, 2019); Show Me Your Wound (guest curator Klaus Speidel, Dom Museum Wien, Vienna, 2018); Code Switching and Other Work (curatorial project of Mother Tongue, Glasgow International, 2018); and Tout ce qui reste/Scattered Remains (curator Geneviève Goyer-Ouimette, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, 2017/18). Myre is the recipient of numerous commissions and awards, notably the Sobey Art Award (2014) for Canadian artists under 40, and in 2019 was inducted into the Order of Arts and Letters of Quebec.

Nadia Myre