Glasgow International 2020

Nadia Myre

Nadia Myre (b. 1974 in Montréal, Canada), lives and works in Montréal, Canada. For over a decade, her multi-disciplinary practice has explored collaborative processes as a strategy for engaging in conversations around identity, resilience and the politics of belonging.  An Algonquin member of the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation, her practice spans photography, film and installation, often deconstructing language, and producing intricate woven and embroidered elements within her work.

A graduate from Camosun College (1995), Emily Carr (1997), and Concordia University (M.F.A., 2002), Myre is a recipient of numerous awards, notably the Banff Centre for Arts Walter Phillips Gallery Indigenous Commission Award (2016), Sobey Art Award (2014), Pratt & Whitney Canada’s ‘Les Elles de l’art’ for the Conseil des arts de Montréal (2011), and Quebec Arts Council’s Prix à la création artistique pour la region des Laurentides (2009).

Myre’s work is held by corporate and public collections including the National Gallery of Canada, City of Ottawa, Canada Council Art Bank, Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec, Bibliothèque et archives nationales du Québec, and the National Museum of American Indian. Works may be found on permanent exhibition at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Canadian Museum of History and the National Gallery of Canada.

Solo exhibitions include a forthcoming presentation at Canada House London in 2019; ‘Code Switching,’ Musée des Beaux-arts de Montréal, Canada, (2017); ‘Decolonial Gesture or Doing It Wrong?’ McCord Museum, Montreal, Canada, (2016); and ‘Orison,’ Galerie OBORO, Montréal, Canada, (2014). Recent group exhibitions include ‘Crossing Over Place,’ Institute for New Connotative Action, Seattle, USA, (2016); ‘Formes et Paroles,’ Gorée Island, Senegal, (2014); ‘Changing Hands 3: Art Without Reservation,’ Museum of Art and Design, New York, USA, (2014); and ‘Sakahàn: 1st International Quinquennial of New Indigenous Art,’ National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Canada, (2013).

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Nadia Myre

Code-Switching and Other Work


This solo presentation of new work from Montreal-based artist Nadia Myre responds to the history of clay tobacco pipe production in Glasgow, and its entanglement with the city’s colonial past.

A by-product of the tobacco trade with the so-called New World, the pipes were one of the first ‘disposable’ items to enter the market, purchased pre-stuffed with tobacco. Curated by Mother Tongue, Myre’s new work explores processes of imprinting, documenting, weaving and excavating to ask enduring questions around colonial legacies.

Supported by Glasgow International, British Council, WASPS, Art Mûr, the Québec Government Office in London, Glasgow School of Art, Concordia University and Canada House.

Fri 20 April – Mon 7 May
Mon – Wed & Fri – Sat, 10am-5pm
Thu, 10am-8pm
Sun, 11am-5pm


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