Coney Island Baby screening with live score
by Chandra Melting Tallow

Thursday, October 18, 6:30-7:30pm
Gallery TPW, 170 St. Helens Avenue

Co-presented with Gallery TPW


imagineNATIVE and Gallery TPW co-present a screening of Coney Island Baby featuring a live score by musician Chandra Melting Tallow on October 18. Having composed the original score for the collaborative film, Melting Tallow will perform a new live electronic soundscape to accompany the screening. 

Emphasizing invisible labour and Indigenous-led economies, Coney Island Baby is a film project by Gabrielle L’Hirondelle Hill, Jeneen Frei Njootli, Chandra Melting Tallow, and Tania Willard, with cinematographers Amy Kazymerchyk and Aaron Leon. Filmed during a December excursion to BUSH gallery on the territory of the Secwépemc Nation—in the interior of British Columbia—Coney Island Babyfollows the artists as they learn how to snare wild rabbits. As they work towards a vital skillset often performed by women in Indigenous communities, the film questions what shared forms of sustenance can propose alternatives to capitalism. Situated at kitchen tables as much as snowy woodlands, the film also foregrounds the moments of care, play, and everyday relationality that remain essential to any economy.

Accompanying exhibition: Coney Island Baby
Gabrielle L’Hirondelle Hill, Jeneen Frei Njootli, Chandra Melting Tallow, Tania Willard
September 13 – November 3, 2018
Exhibition Premiere

Chandra Melting Tallow is an interdisciplinary artist, filmmaker, and musician of mixed ancestry from the Siksika Nation. Their practice often confronts the ghosts of intergenerational trauma and their relationship to the body, utilizing humour and surrealism to subvert oppressive structures of power. Recent work includes the 2017 film, soundtrack, and accompanying performance Rapture of Roses for Unsettling Colonial Gender Boundaries as part of Queer Arts Festival in Vancouver. In addition to composing the original score, they are a co-editor of Coney Island Baby.