Biennials and Art Interventions
Richard Bell, Fernanda Olivares Molina, Brett Graham, Rachael Rakena, Nadia Myre, Moderator: Megan Tamati-Quennell
Nadia Myre is a visual artist from Montreal and a member of the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation. Her interdisciplinary practice takes on conversations about identity, resilience and the politics of belonging. As exemplified by seminal works such as The Indian Act, (2002) and The Scar Project (2005-2013), her work prioritizes collaborative methods, community building, and skill sharing as strategies for indigenous futurity and cross-cultural understanding. Myre is a recipient of numerous public art commissions and awards, notably the Louis Comtois Prize (2021), the Ordre des arts et des lettres du Québec (2019), the Banff Centre for the Arts Walter Phillips Gallery Indigenous Commission Award (2016), the Sobey Art Award (2014), and a Fellowship from the Eiteljorg Museum (2003). Recent solo exhibitions include Eyes Watching and Other Work (Art Mûr, Montreal, 2021); Listen, Speak and Sing (Prefix ICA, Toronto, 2019); Balancing Acts (Textile Museum, Toronto, 2019), MAC Collection: Nadia Myre (Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art, Montreal, 2019); and Scattered Remains—Tout ce qui reste (Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, 2017/18). Myre currently holds a Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Indigenous Arts Practice within the Department of Studio Arts at Concordia University. As her CRC contribution to the University, Myre is founder and principal of Kìnawind Lab, a creation space for Indigenous Arts. Focused on increasing the visibility of traditional, contemporary and hybrid Indigenous art praxis, Kìnawind Lab is currently undertaking multiple funded research-creation projects.