Gabrielle L’Hirondelle Hill

Gabrielle L’Hirondelle Hill is a Métis artist and writer living on unceded Musqueam, Skwxwú7mesh, and Tsleil-Waututh territory. Her 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 knowledges.

Gabrielle L’Hirondelle Hill
Gabrielle L'Hirondelle Hill, Braided Grass, 2013 (inkjet print; 61x91cm). Art Gallery of Ontario. Purchase, Canada Now Photography Acquisition Initiative, with funds from Edward Burtynsky and Nicholas Metivier, 2021.) ©Gabrielle L’Hirondelle Hill. Photo courtesy the artist and the Art Gallery of Ontario

From the Archives

  • 2023 / core

    Group Exhibition
    We Are Story: The Canada Now Photography Acquisition

    Bringing together ten artists who highlight the vitality and range of contemporary photography across the country, We Are Story foregrounds how people experience their surroundings, and how shifting realities can imbue environments with new meaning. The works were purchased through the Canada Now Photography Acquisition Initiative, conceived in 2020 by Edward Burtynsky and Nicholas Metivier in response to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on artists.