A piece by Niap is included the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts’ latest group exhibition. Titled “How long does it take for one voice to reach another?”, the show brings together works from the museum’s permanent collection that touch on love and loss; separation and reconciliation; listening and the desire to be heard.
Niap’s watercolour piece Beauty in Our Lines (2019) hangs in good company next to a bronze by Auguste Rodin. Both works focus on the elegant subject of the hand – Niap’s decorated with traditional Inuit tattoo designs sewed with sinew thread directly into the paper. The piece was first shown at Niap’s first solo exhibition at Feheley Fine Arts in May 2019, Ivalu, and was subsequently acquired by the MMFA.
Alongside Niap and Rodin, the exhibition features a star-studded roster of contemporary and historical artists. From Rebecca Belmore and Betty Goodwin, to Charles Gagnon and Rembrandt, the diverse selection of works reflect on themes that demanded our reflection through pandemic lockdowns and periods of isolation.
“How long does it take for one voice to reach another?” curated by Mary-Dailey Desmarais, is on view at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts until February 2022. More information is available here.