Guest House Residency: Chandra Melting Tallow
Chandra Melting Tallow is an interdisciplinary artist, filmmaker, and music producer of mixed ancestry from the Siksika Nation. Their practice confronts the ghosts of intergenerational trauma and their relationship to the body through the lens of physical disability, utilizing humour and surrealism to subvert oppressive structures of power. They spearhead the solo music project Mourning Coup, and in 2015 they released their debut LP Baby Blue under No Sun Recordings, a cult classic in the Indigenous lexicon of underground music. Their practice encompasses experimental film, textile based installation, and performance, and has been exhibited across North America. In 2017 they released a book of short stories alongside an accompanying book on tape entitled "Dear Horse Boy I'm Writing to You From Prison." They are currently working on a follow up album.
Renegade in Blossoms is a song cycle incorporating performance and video. The project explores themes occurring in dreams as significant guidance — providing strength, protection, warnings and solace. During periods of historic upheaval, the deterioration of existing social structures can create a collective sense of surreality. Magical realism in literature and film mirror the blurring of the lines between a chaotic world, and one's dreams responding to it.
This project will invite the audience to lean into the surreal with courage and curiosity, guided by ancestral knowledge preceding the world as we know it today.
Chandra will perform under their solo music project Mourning Coup as part of this years Eventide Music Series on Friday, July 17 from 7-8pm. The performance will be broadcast for free via Twitch.