Cheryl L’Hirondelle is a mixed-blood multi- and interdisciplinary artist, singer/songwriter and curator. Her creative practice investigates the junction of a Cree worldview (nêhiyawin) in contemporary time and space.
L’Hirondelle’s performance work is featured in Caught in the Act: An Anthology of Performance Art by Canadian Women (2001). In 2004, L’Hirondelle and Hopkins were the first Aboriginal artists from Canada to be invited to present work at DAK’ART Lab as part of the sixth edition of the Dakar Biennale for Contemporary African Art in Dakar, Senegal. L’Hirondelle is a recipient of imagineNATIVE’s New Media Award and is an Honoree in the Net.Art category from the Webby Awards for nikamon ohci askiy (songs because of the land). Since 2008, she has been working as co-composer on Why the Caged Bird Sings, a series of songs with incarcerated women, men and detained youth in federal prisons, provincial correctional institutions and civic detention centres.
Previous Works By Cheryl L’Hirondelle
Founder (still) | Video | collaboration with Leah Decter | 2014 | Winnipeg
Wintercount: Can’t Break Us | audio, post-it notes, elk hide | 2015 | AGSM, MB
yahkâskwan mîkiwahp (‘light’ tipi) | handheld spotlights, sage smoke, audience participation | (2015) BUSH Gallery | Secwepmc Territory, BC
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