Gabrielle L'Hirondelle Hill

Bundle, 2014

blanket, paint, rope & tobacco


Gabrielle L'Hirondelle Hill opens with PV in June 2021 with a work titled Bundle (2014)

from a larger body of work, Waste Lands, alongside her solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, which continues until 15 August.

Unit 17 originally planned to present Hill's 2014-17 series Waste Lands at Frieze New York 2021

(at the Shed, 5 - 9 May 2021), postponing our in-person presentation until 2022. 

Hill (b. 1979) is a Cree and Métis artist and writer who lives and works on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh peoples. Hill’s sculptural practice explores the history of found materials to enquire into concepts of land, property, and economy. Often, her works emerge from a curiosity about how land becomes legal property, and what the vulnerabilites of this relationship are. Hill creates her works through weaving, tying and binding materials, which are all actions associated with casting spells. Hill is a member of BUSH gallery, an Indigenous artist collective seeking to de-centre Eurocentric models of making and thinking about art, prioritizing instead land-based teachings and Indigenous epistemologies.

She received her MFA from the California College of the Arts, and a BFA and BA from Simon Fraser University. Most recently, her work has been exhibited at the College Art Galleries at the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon (2020); Stride, Calgary (2019); Cooper Cole, Toronto (2019); Burnaby Art Gallery, Burnaby (2019); Gallery TPW, Toronto (2018); Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton (2018); SBC galerie d’art contemporain, Montreal with the Woodland School (2017) and Gallery 44, Toronto (2016). Her writing has been published 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 (Wildred Laurier 2017). 

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