CURRENT ISSUE | FALL 2017: THE IDEA OF HISTORY
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Nadia Myre

Nadia Myre

Born in Montreal in 1974. Lives and works in Montreal.

Nadia Myre’s work weaves together complex histories of Aboriginal identity, nationhood, memory and handicraft, using beadwork techniques to craft exquisite and labourious works. Myre studied at Camosun College (1995) and Emily Carr School of Art (1997), and she received her MFA from Concordia University in 2002. After officially becoming a member of the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg in 1997, Myre embarked on a work that honoured her mother’s struggles in obtaining their status. The immensely successful resulting piece, Indian Act (2000–03), presented the 56 pages of the annotated Indian Act, which Myre and more than 200 collaborators beaded over in red and white. Since then, Myre’s works have been presented nationally and internationally at institutions such as the National Gallery of Canada, the National Museum of the American Indian, the 2012 Sydney Biennale, the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts and the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec. Her work is collected by many major institutions in Canada and worldwide. Myre was awarded the Pratt & Whitney Canada’s Les Elles de l’art for the Conseil des arts de Montréal (2011), Quebec Arts Council’s Prix à la création artistique pour la region des Laurentides (2009) and an Eiteljorg Museum Fellowship (2003). In 2014, she won the Sobey Art Award, for which she was also longlisted in 2011, 2012 and 2013.