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 Scar Project (2005-2013) in which over 1400 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).