In Conversation: Nadia Myre & Bonnie Devine
IN CONVERSATION: Nadia Myre & Bonnie Devine
Textile Museum of Canada
Saturday September 7, 6–7:30 pm
Join artists Nadia Myre and Bonnie Devine in conversation in Nadia Myre: Balancing Acts.
Nadia Myre is a Montreal-based interdisciplinary artist of mixed Algonquin and French-Canadian heritage. A member of the Kitigan Zibi Anishnabeg First Nation, her work explores the politics of belonging by positioning her practice within a framework of resistance and resilience. She is the Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Art Practices at Concordia University, Montreal.
Myre is the recipient of numerous commissions and awards, notably: Tree of Shifting Forms (Canadian Embassy, Paris, 2018), Eel Spirit, Basket, and Fence (City of Ottawa, Light Rail Transit, Pimisi Station, 2018), Living with Contradiction (Banff Centre for the Arts, Walter Phillips Gallery Indigenous Commission Award, 2016), and the Sobey Art Award (2014). Her work appears in publications such as ArtForum, Art Journal, ArtNews, Canadian Art, Esse, ETC, Le Monde, New York Times, Parachute, Spirale, and the Washington Post.
Bonnie Devine is an installation artist, sculptor, painter, video maker, curator, and writer. A descendant of the Anishinaabek of Genaabaajing, (Serpent River First Nation), Devine’s work emerges from the storytelling and image-making traditions that are central to the culture of the Anishinaabek. Devine explores issues of land, environment, treaty, history, and narrative; her most enduring learning came from her grandparents, who were trappers on the Canadian Shield in northern Ontario. Devine served as a tenured associate professor from 2008 until 2018 at OCAD University, where she was the Founding Chair of the Indigenous Visual Culture program.
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DON’T MISS IT! Nadia Myre: Balancing Acts closes September 15!
Through beadwork, textiles, photography, video, and sculpture, Montreal-based artist Nadia Myre draws attention to the power and histories of Indigenous textile practices that she situates in a colonial context. Balancing Acts is a survey of artwork made over the last ten years – some on view in this exhibition for the first time.
Nadia Myre’s deep respect for and commitment to the act of making things by hand is evident throughout this exhibition. Balancing ancestral and contemporary methods of working, her practice is informed by shared family, social, and community knowledge as much as it engages present-day museum practices and academic research.
Textile Museum of Canada
55 Centre Avenue
Toronto, ON, M5G 2H5
The Textile Museum of Canada has a 44-year history of exploring ideas and building cultural understanding through the universal medium of textiles. Connecting international textile traditions to contemporary art and design, this national museum is one of Canada’s most engaging arts institutions, welcoming thousands of visitors from across the country and around the world each year. The Museum’s permanent collection spans 2,000 years and consists of over 14,000 artifacts from about 200 countries and regions, uniquely positioning the Museum to speak to global culture as well as our increasingly global communities.
A leader in the digitization of collections and interactive environments, the Textile Museum of Canada is recognized for its innovation in the development of landmark educational, research, and creative initiatives.
Open seven days a week, the Museum is located steps from St. Patrick subway station, just a few blocks from Toronto City Hall and the Art Gallery of Ontario. The Museum Shop specializes in textile related merchandise including books, toys, and globally sourced artist-made products such as scarves and jewelry.