Archive:Billboard on Shaw: Nadia Myre | Indian ActSeptember 13–November 25, 2018

Nadia Myre, Indian Act (Billboard), 2002, digital print on adhesive vinyl, 8 x 8 feet, from Through Lines curated by Noa Bronstein, Critical Distance Centre for Curators, 2018. Installation documentation by Toni Hafkenscheid.

Billboard on Shaw: Nadia Myre | Indian Act

September 13–November 25, 2018

Billboard on Shaw curated by Noa Bronstein with the exhibition Through Lines, presented in partnership with the Koffler Gallery, featuring Indian Act by Nadia Myre.

Through Lines is an exhibition that brings together works of seven artists that challenge notions of redaction, tackling its typical devices of shredding, blacking out, editing, and covering up. Each project featured in this exhibition engages a restorative gesture that speaks to the ways in which history and memory are conceptualized within a contemporary context. Rather than considering redaction simply as a bureaucratic tool or an outcome of state control, these specific approaches enable new forms of knowledge production and remembering, both politically and personally. Contemplating alternative legibilities that might emerge through redaction, the exhibition highlights the spaces of inquiry revealed through acts of obstruction. 

Nadia Myre’s project, Indian Act (2002), enlisted over 230 individuals to bead over the 56 pages of the Indian Act, creating a visual evidence of the lingering impact of colonization, unheeded contracts and oppressive politics.


Location and hours

Critical Distance Centre for Curators
180 Shaw Street, Artscape Youngplace, M6J 2W5
Admission is always free; building and gallery fully accessible
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Exhibition is on view June 23–August 5, 2018

Gallery hours are Thursday–Sunday from 12–5 pm and by appointment through August 5th
We are open on holiday weekends unless otherwise noted on our visitor info page here


About the curator

Noa Bronstein is a curator and writer based in Toronto. She has contributed to such publications as PREFIX PhotoCanadian ArtBorder CrossingsThe Journal of Curatorial Studies, and C Magazine. Noa has held several roles in the arts, including Director of Public Programs and Acting Curator at the Design Exchange and Executive Director of Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography. Recent curatorial projects include When Form Becomes Attitude at Contemporary Calgary, bust/boom at The New Gallery (Calgary), With an instinct for justice at Doris McCarthy Gallery (Toronto) and Aleesa Cohene’s solo exhibition I Don’t Get It at Gallery 44 (Toronto), The Rooms (St. John’s) and Western Front (Vancouver). Noa is currently the Senior Curator of Museums Mississauga and the Small Arms Inspection Building.

About the Artist

Nadia Myre is an Indigenous and Quebecois artist from Montreal who is interested in having conversations about identity, resilience and politics of belonging. A graduate from Camosun College (1995), Emily Carr (1997), and Concordia University (M.F.A., 2002), Myre is a recipient of numerous awards, notably 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), Quebec Arts Council’s Prix à la création artistique pour la region des Laurentides (2009), and a Fellowship from the Eiteljorg Museum (2003). Recent accomplishments include Tout ce qui reste / Scattered Remains (Montreal Museum of Fine Art, 2017), Decolonial Gestures or Doing it Wrong? Refaire le chemin (McCord Museum, 2016) and commissions for new work: the Quebec Room carpet design (2015) for Canada House in London, England (with Karen Spencer), Orison (galerie Oboro, 2014), Formes et Paroles (Musée Dapper, Senegal, 2014), and Sakahàn (National Gallery of Canada, 2013). As well as having participated in international biennales (Shanghai 2014, Sydney 2012, and Montreal 2011), Myre’s work has featured in prominent group exhibitions such as Changing Hands 3 (Museum of Art and Design, New York, NY), Pour une république des rêves (CRAC Alsace – Centre Rhénan d’Art Contemporain, Altkirch, FR), Le temp du dessin (Ensemble Poirel, Nancy, France), Vantage Point (National Museum of American Indian National Mall, Washington, DC), It Is What It Is (National Gallery of Canada), and Femmes Artistes: L’éclatement des frontières 1965-2000 (Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, QC). Her work has received accolades from the New York TimesThe Washington Post, and Le Devoir, and has been featured in ARTnewsCanadian ArtParachuteAmerican CraftC Magazine, and Monopol. Her works may be found on permanent exhibition at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, National Gallery of Canada, Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec, Canadian Museum of History, and the Musée des civilizations (Quebec).

 


 

Events

Please join us for the following exhibiton-related events. Click below for more info.

Through lines opening reception : Thursday, September 13, 2018 from 7–9 pm

Please join us for the opening reception of Through lines at Koffler Gallery (1st floor) and Critical Distance (3rd floor) at Artscape Youngplace. Refreshments will be served and all are welcome. Admission is free as always, and both building and galleries are fully accessible.

Location
Artscape Youngplace
180 Shaw Street
Toronto, Ontario M6J 2W5
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Koffler Gallery is in Suite 104-105 on the 1st floor of Artscape Youngplace. Critical Distance is in Suite 302 on the 3rd floor. Both galleries may be accessed via stairs or elevator. The Billboard on Shaw is located on the northwest lawn of Artscape Youngplace, facing Shaw Street below Argyle.

Gallery Day Toronto + Canadian Art Fall Issue Launch : Saturday, September 15, 2018 starting at 5:30 pm

Presented by Canadian Art, Gallery Day is a free day of talks in galleries around the city. These hour-long gallery visits are held throughout the day from 1–8 pm at different locations (talks are approximately 30 minutes long, and start about 10 minutes into the hour).

This year, Gallery Day concludes with a conversation between Through lines artists and Canadian Art Indigenous editor-at-large Lindsay Nixon at Koffler Gallery. Join us from 5:30–6:30 pm for the talk, followed by a launch celebration for Canadian Art‘s Fall 2018 issue from 6:30–8 pm. Admission is free as always, and all are welcome.

Location
Artscape Youngplace
180 Shaw Street
Toronto, Ontario M6J 2W5
click for map

Koffler Gallery is in Suite 104-105 on the 1st floor of Artscape Youngplace. Critical Distance is in Suite 302 on the 3rd floor. Both galleries may be accessed via stairs or elevator. The Billboard on Shaw is located on the northwest lawn of Artscape Youngplace, facing Shaw Street below Argyle.