Issue 3.35

Gabrielle L’Hirondelle Hill

I made Four Effigies for the End of Property while thinking about two different but related concepts: private property and sculpture. I wanted to know how lot #274, the lot on which Polygon Gallery sits, came to be property under the law of Canada, how it was expropriated from the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh First Nation, how it came to be understood as the rightful property of settlers, and how that idea became naturalized in the minds of so many Canadians. Each work in the series considers an idea or mechanism through which the land was turned into private property: preemption, improvement, highest and best use, and belonging.

See more of Gabrielle L’Hirondelle Hill’s work in our Spring 2018 Issue 3.35

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