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Gabrielle L’Hirondelle Hill

Portrait of Gabrielle L'Hirondelle Hill
Portrait of Gabrielle L'Hirondelle Hill. Photo: Aaron Leon.

Gabrielle L’Hirondelle Hill (b. 1979) is a Métis artist and writer. Hill’s sculptural practice explores the history of found materials to enquire into concepts of land, property, and economy. Often, her projects emerge from an interest in capitalism as an imposed, impermanent, and vulnerable system, as well as in alternative economic modes. Her works have used found and readily-sourced materials to address concepts such as private property, exchange, and black-market economies. Hill is a member of BUSH Gallery, an Indigenous artist collective seeking to decentre Eurocentric models of making and thinking about art, prioritizing instead land-based teachings and Indigenous epistemologies.

Hill received her MFA from the California College of the Arts (U.S.A.), and a BFA and BA from Simon Fraser University (B. C.). Most recently, her work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2021); the Vancouver Art Gallery (2020); the College Art Galleries at the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon (2020); Stride, Calgary (2019); Cooper Cole, Toronto (2019/2022); Burnaby Art Gallery, Burnaby (2019); Gallery TPW, Toronto (2018); Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton (2018); SBC Gallery of Contemporary Art, Montréal with the Woodland School (2017) and Gallery 44, Toronto (2016). Her writing has been published in many places, most recently in Beginning with the Seventies (Helen Belkin, UBC, 2019). She was also the co-editor of The Land We Are: Artists and Writers Unsettle the Politics of Reconciliation (ARP, 2009) and Read, Listen, Tell: Indigenous Stories from Turtle Island (Wilfrid Laurier, 2017). Hill lives on the unceded territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, Musqueam, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples. [Source: VOX, 2022]