Scar Project

February 10 – March 25, 2006
Third Space Gallery is thrilled to bring Montréal-based, international visual artist Nadia Myre to present her travelling Scar Project. Scar Project is a collaborative exercise in recording and sharing personal histories; the stories that we loathe, love or cherish. By playing on linguistic and material languages, the artist proposes to intertwine individual and collective memories: canvas and words become the conduit of the exchange. This dialogue examines the scar traces left behind by memory.
Myre deciphers and examines these intimate territories through an interactive lab where individuals are invited to work on canvases hanging in the gallery space. They participate by sewing the topography of their own scar onto the stretched fabric and by
recording the story of the wound on paper. Myre is perhaps best known in this country for her 2000-2002 collaborative beading project Indian Act, where, together with over 200 volunteers, she meticulously beaded over the text of the Canadian legislation with white and red glass beads. This “act” performed by an “Indian” was used as a tactic to transcend language and affect viewers of all backgrounds. In a similar manner, Scar Project utilizes various forms of language – literal and pictorial – to delve into our personal
histories.
Visual activist Nadia Myre is an Algonquin born in Montreal, Quebec. A graduate of the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design (1997) in Vancouver and Concordia University (2002) in Montréal, she has participated in numerous exhibitions including The American West, Compton Verney, Warwickshire, UK (2005); Au fil de mes jours, Musée National des beaux-arts du Québec, QC (2005); Skin Deep, or Poetry for the Blind, Art Mûr, Montréal, QC (2004); Fabrics of Change / Trading Identities, University of Wollongong and Flinders University,
Australia (2004); Beyond Words, Bishops University, Lennoxville, QC (2004) and Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax (2003); and Cont(r)act, Galerie Oboro, Montréal, QC (2002). Third Space Gallery invites the public to the vernissage of Nadia Myre: Scar Project on Friday, February 10 at 6pm. The artist will be in attendance. In addition, Nadia Myre will offer a workshop on Saturday, February 11 between noon and 4pm where the public is invited to participate directly in sharing stories and creating canvases to add to the Scar Project. Both events are free. Third Space Gallery would like to acknowledge the financial support of the Arts Development branch of the Culture and Sport Secretariat of New Brunswick.