MONTREAL MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS From November 15
Montreal-based artist Nadia Myre, a member of the Kitigan Zibi Anishinaabeg First Nation, presents her first retrospective.
NADIA MYRE: Since 2015, I have been collecting and looking into the history of 19th-century clay pipes. I am intrigued by these transcultural objects ñ skeletal and with a bone-like feel ñ because they hold different meanings and signiþcance within Indigenous and non-indigenous contexts. Used by sailors and tradesmen involved in colonial activity, this archaeological refuse is found on both sides of the ocean. The theoretical framework of the Code Switching series involves decolonizing the history of these tobacco pipes. By beading together clay-pipe fragments, our understanding of these objects and their cultural contexts is transformed and redeþned. Thatõs where the idea of code switching comes in: itõs one thing to one culture and something else to another, so your perspective informs how you read it.
BELOW: Nadia Myre Pipe Beads 2017
Nadia Myre Circle (detail) 2017