SPAO Presents: Nadia Myre


SPAO Centre Gallery presents Meditations on Black Lake by Nadia Myre.

The SPAO Centre Gallery is honoured to present the exhibition Meditations on Black Lake as well as an artist talk by internationally acclaimed artist Nadia Myre.

WHERE: 77 Pamilla Street, Ottawa (Little Italy)
Artist Talk: 6:00PM followed by the Exhibition Reception: 7:30PM
MORE INFO: via Facebook event page or email with the subject line “Nadia Myre”.


Detail of Temporal by Nadia Myre

The SPAO Centre Gallery is honoured to present an exhibition and artist talk by internationally acclaimed Montreal-based artist Nadia Myre. As a member of the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation (Maniwaki) Myre is interested in having conversations about identity, resilience and politics of belonging. Often working in an interdisciplinary nature, mixing sculpture and lens-based artwork, Myre pushes the boundaries of how craft and Indigenous histories are understood and positioned within wider Canadian context.

The exhibition Meditations on Black Lake features large photographs of circular beaded tondos that engulf the viewer in muted blues, blacks and greys. Myre uses scanning and photography to increase the size of the beadwork and remove the physical objects from their materiality. The viewer is then presented with a digital universe of interconnectedness and meditation; a chance to gaze upon the dark pools, gaining insight through reflection and seeing themselves reflected back. There is a single thread that binds the beads together, perhaps insinuating that as the viewer, we too are connected to a larger global consciousness that binds us together, reminding us of what we owe to each other.

Nadia Myre is one of Canada’s most celebrated photographic artists of the 21st century. A graduate from Camosun College, Emily Carr, and Concordia University, Myre is a recipient of numerous awards, notably Banff Centre for Arts Walter Phillips Gallery Indigenous Commission Award (2016), Sobey Art Award (2014) and a Fellowship from the Eiteljorg Museum (2003). Her work has received accolades and features from the New York Times, The Washington Post, Le Devoir, Canadian Art, and Parachute, among many others. Her works are permanently on display at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, National Gallery of Canada, Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec, Canadian Museum of History.

Meditations on Black Lake continues until March 6, 2020. The exhibition is free and open to the public, Sunday through Thursday, 9am – 7pm, by chance or by appointment.

For more information, please contact:
Darren Pottie
Gallery Programming Manager
School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa


The SPAO Centre is Ottawa’s Photographic Arts Centre, housing:

  • The School of Photographic Arts: Ottawa, an independent, not-for-profit school offering the only two-year photographic arts diploma program in Canada, as well as continuing education opportunities in all aspects of contemporary, traditional and alternative photographic processes.
  • The SPAO Gallery, the region’s only independent and critical gallery space dedicated to lens-based art. Gallery programming includes the exhibition of photographic and video art work by emerging and established artists, working locally, nationally and internationally.
  • SPAO’s 6-month International Artist Residency, bringing both local and international photographic artists together to further develop and share their craft in Ottawa.
  • The largest and most well-appointed darkroom and alternative processes lab in the region

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