Textile Museum of Canada presents Nadia Myre: Balancing Acts

Curated by Sarah Quinton

April 25–September 15, 2019
OPENING RECEPTION: Wednesday April 24, 6–7:30 pm
Artist will be present—all are welcome!

Nadia Myre, Contact in Monochrome (Toile De Jouy), 2018; Digital Wallpaper Print

The Textile Museum of Canada is pleased to present Balancing Acts, a new exhibition by internationally acclaimed artist Nadia Myre. Balancing Acts is a selection of artwork made over the last ten years and marks Myre’s first major solo exhibition in Toronto. This exhibition is a Primary Exhibition of the 2019 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.

Nadia Myre is a Montreal-based artist of mixed Algonquin and French Canadian heritage. A member of the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation, she draws attention to the power and histories of Indigenous textile practices. Throughout her 25-year career, Myre’s methodology has honoured a range of media that actively, yet subtly, engage with the material and the non-material. Through beadwork, textiles, photography, audio, video, and sculpture, she speaks to pressing issues of human interactions, environmental change, and cultural production.

“We are delighted to be working with an artist of such significance at this time in history,” said Sarah Quinton, Curatorial Director. “Nadia Myre’s provocative work considers the cultural and political importance of making by hand alongside the urgencies of caring for one another. She asks us to consider our connections to the environment and to relationships that shape the way we live today.”

Nadia Myre: Balancing Acts is organized by the Textile Museum of Canada and is generously supported by presenting sponsor BMO Financial Group.


Curator’s Tour | Wednesday May 22, 6–7 pm
Sarah Quinton will lead a tour of Balancing Acts, focusing on the significance of materiality and the hand made in Nadia Myre’s work.
Free with admission | No registration required

Art Chats | Wednesdays May 8, June 5, July 3, and August 7, 6–7 pm
A series of Art Chats led by students from OCAD University, Ryerson University, University of Toronto, and York University, discussing pieces in the exhibition through their areas of study in curatorial practice, documentary media, art history, and environmental studies.
Free with admission, by donation Wednesdays after 5 pm l No registration required

In Conversation: Nadia Myre and Bonnie Devine | Saturday September 7, 6–7:30 pm
Join artist Nadia Myre and Bonnie Devine in conversation in Balancing Acts. Bonnie Devine is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Art at OCAD U and the Founding Chair of the University’s Indigenous Visual Culture Program.
Tickets: $10–$20 | Registration required

Visit textilemuseum.ca/programs for more information and registration

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The Textile Museum of Canada has been exploring ideas and building cultural understanding through the universal medium of textiles since 1975. 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.