Christine Howard Sandoval | A wall is a shadow on the land


Christine Howard Sandoval, installation view from ‘A wall is a shadow on the land’, Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, January 22 – May 2, 2021. Photography by Rachel Topham

Exhibition | Christine Howard Sandoval | A wall is a shadow on the land

January 22 - May 2, 2021

Christine Howard Sandoval
A wall is a shadow on the land
January 22 – May 2, 2021
Alvin Balkind Gallery and off-site at Yaletown-Roundhouse Station

In a meditation on land, language and architecture, Vancouver-based Obispeño Chumash and Hispanic artist Christine Howard Sandoval re-considers the insidious meaning-making power of the archive in her solo exhibition A wall is a shadow on the land. Through the use of adobe, a desert building material made from clay, sand and soil and deeply connected to her own family’s histories and practices, Howard Sandoval considers how land is and has been inhabited, the stories embedded in it and the potential futures it holds.

Howard Sandoval reconfigures the typology of Spanish mission architecture in a series of new adobe sculptures and large-scale drawings. Brought together with archival documents and the artist’s own fourth-grade school report on the California missions, she works to dislodge the deep-rooted colonial fictions that narrate the histories of her ancestral homeland in Alta California. A wall is a shadow on the land points to the ways in which narratives of colonial erasure are rehearsed within the public school system, and how the ongoing physical presence of mission sites on unceded Indigenous land in the western US are markers of the systemic proliferation of the imperial project and its persistent conditions today.

Co-curated by Julia Lamare and Kimberly Phillips

This exhibition is generously supported by the Audain Foundation.

Howard Sandoval’s work Archival—for Rosario Cooper and my 10 year old self, installed off-site at Yaletown-Roundhouse Station, is presented in partnership with Capture Photography Festival and the Canada Line Public Art Program, InTransit BC.