- November 8, 2002 to December 1, 2002
With Indian Act, the horizontal line is used as a method of erasing and abstracting parts of Canada's Federal Legislation pertaining to its 'Indians'. Monumental in scale, it consists of sewing over each of the 56 pages of the annotated Indian Act with red and white glass trade beads. The white beads replace the words and the red beads, the space between them. The overall effect of the beaded page resembles a visual and tactile language, something akin to Morse code or Braille. However, beading the Act also speaks of a sociopolitical activity; each page is pierced by a needle and like a scar bears the stitch, a reminder of its path across the page, and generations of conditioned and controlled Indian lives.
By Nadia Myre
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Nadia Myre is a visual artist from Quebec and an Algonquin member of the Kitigan Zibi Anishnabeg. Her multidisciplinary practice has been inspired by participant involvement as well as recurring themes of identity, language, longing and loss. Myre is a graduate of Camosun College (1995), Emily Carr University of Art + Design (1997) and Concordia University (MFA, 2002), and a recipient of numerous grants and awards, notably: Pratt & Whitney Canada’s ‘Les Elles de l’art’ for the Conseil des Arts de Montréal (2011), Quebec Arts Council’s Prix à la creation artistique pour la region des Laurentides (2009), and a prestigious Fellowship from the Eiteljorg Museum (2003). Her work has received accolades from the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Le Devoir, and has been featured in ARTnews, American Craft Magazine, Parachute, Canadian Art, C Magazine, and the German magazine Monopol. Collecting institutions include: MacKenzie Art Gallery, City of Ottawa, National Gallery of Canada, Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec, Bibliotèque et archives nationales du Québec, National Museum of the American Indian, and Fonds Regional d’Art Contemporain de Lorraine in France. Works may be found on permanent display in the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and the Canadian Museum of Civilization.