This fall, the MMFA will present Artist. Woman. Indigenous. It will feature the work of Indigenous female artists in exhibitions as well as displaying recent acquisitions.
Nadia Myre is a Quebec artist and a member of the Algonquin First Nation Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg. She takes a participatory approach in her work, which addresses themes of identity, language, desire and memory. She is a graduate of the visual arts programme at Camosun College in Victoria (1995), the Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver (1997) and Concordia University (MFA, 2002). In 2014, she received the prestigious Sobey Art Award, dedicated to outstanding Canadian artists aged forty and under.
For over fifteen years, she has been showing her work in various museums at home and abroad, such as the Musée d’art contemporain des Laurentides, the Winnipeg Art Gallery, the National Gallery of Canada, the National Museum of the American Indian, in New York City, and at the Biennale in Sydney, Australia (2012). The MMFA has eight of her works in its collections.
In her works, Myre revisits the official history of the political and social struggles of Indigenous peoples. She carefully juxtaposes her own experience with that of others. This approach enables her to produce works with a high level of symbolic content conducive to contemplation and reflection. The Museum’s exhibition follows her artist residency at the Darling Foundry in 2016-2017, which was sponsored by the Museum.
The exhibition is organized by the MMFA. The contemporary art exhibitions programme receives support from the MMFA’s Young Philanthropists’ Circle and Air Canada.
Nadia Myre, born in Montreal in 1974, Code Switching (Pipe Beads), 2017, Digital print, 297 x 110 x 2.5 cm, Collection of the artist.