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"Cont(r)act by Nadia Myre"
2002-05-17 until 2002-06-15
Cont(r)act by Nadia Myre circulates between the verbal or physical object
which is a contract, and the action signified by contact. As indicated by
the title, one word is embraced semantically by the other. Thus the touch
of a pen upon paper is transformed to the meeting of two entities, the
passing of a glance between two pairs of eyes, the exchange of a handshake,
the sexual pressing of flesh, or the touch of a ship's hull upon the
boulders of a New "Found" land.
The work of Nadia Myre investigates, interrogates, and circumnavigates
these elided histories (not as an "authority," or even as a singular,
undivided subject) in a diverse and divergent series of works unearthed
"from the trenches" (as she describes it). Deploying "iconic artifacts"
such as the wampum belt, birch bark canoe, and beaded fabric, Myre reveals
that not only is her own transient identity in renegotiation, but that of
an ostensibly unified and "post-colonial" Canada.
Reinstated under Bill C-31, visual activist Nadia Myre is an Algonkin
(Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg) born in Montreal, Quebec. A graduate of the
Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, she has recently exhibited at the
Indian Art Centre (Hull, Quebec), the Centre de créativité des Salles du
Gesù (Montreal), La Maison des cultures amérindiennes (Mont Saint-Hilaire,
Quebec) and the University of Montreal. Formerly a professor at the White
Mountain Academy of Fine Arts, she is a recipient of grants from the Canada
Council for the Arts, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the BC
Cultural Fund, and the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation.
Employed as an educator at the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, Rhonda
Meier also works independently as a writer, editor, consultant, and curator
with particular committment to issues of First Nations sovereignty and
global decolonization. She is the founder of dark horse productions, a
non-profit collective which, with Robert Houle and Audra Simpson, will
produce a catalogue on Myre's work to be released this December.