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Contemporary Art Gallery

555 Nelson Street
Vancouver, Canada
Open from Tuesday to
Sunday 12 pm → 6 pm

Admission always free
6 Jul 23·7:00 PM

Sound Response

Chandra Melting Tallow, Alexander Miranda and Laura Ortman Respond to M*****

A collage of three portraits.

From left to right: Chandra Melting Tallow, Alex Miranda, and Laura Ortman Respond.


CAG welcomes Chandra Melting Tallow, Alexander Miranda and Laura Ortman to perform live in the gallery alongside Gabrielle L'Hirondelle Hill's M*****.


Tickets for this event are extremely limited; advance registration is required. Secure your place here.


Chandra Melting Tallow is an interdisciplinary artist, experimental filmmaker, writer and music producer of European and Blackfoot 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, using humour and surrealism to subvert oppressive power structures. They lead the solo music project Mourning Coup, a cult classic in the Indigenous lexicon of underground music. Their work includes experimental film, textile-based installation, sound and performance, and it has been exhibited throughout North America.

Alexander Miranda is a contemporary Payómkawichum artist from Southern California. Miranda pushes the boundaries of Native American art through a multitude of art forms and media with a focus on songwriting, music composition, photography, painting, and poetry. His portfolio honours and celebrates the power, resilience and beauty of Indigenous people, incontestably aligning his work with world-wide Indigenous resurgence. He is a current member of the band Underpass and has been commissioned by Julian Klincewicz and Virgil Abloh. He most recently scored the documentary Manzanar Diverted: When Water Becomes Dust.

A soloist musician, composer and vibrant collaborator, Laura Ortman (White Mountain Apache) creates across multiple platforms, including recorded albums, live performances, and filmic and artistic soundtracks. She has collaborated with artists such as Tony Conrad, Jock Soto, Raven Chacon, Nanobah Becker, Okkyung Lee, Martin Bisi, Jeffrey Gibson, Caroline Monnet, Tanya Lukin Linklater, Demian DinéYazhi, New Red Order, and In Defense of Memory. An inquisitive and exquisite violinist, Ortman is versed in Apache violin, piano, electric guitar, keyboards, and amplified violin, often sings through a megaphone, and is a producer of capacious field recordings. She has performed at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Guggenheim, the New Museum, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York; the Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal; the Venice Biennale; imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, the Toronto Biennial; and the Centre Pompidou, Paris, among countless established and DIY venues in the US, Canada, and Europe.