NA­DIA MYRE

MON­TREAL MU­SEUM OF FINE ARTS From Novem­ber 15

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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

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