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Artist Talk & Lunch with Tania Willard & Gabrielle Hill
October 25, 2019 @ 5:00 am - 6:00 am
Please join Tania Willard & Gabrielle Hill for a lunch hour talk about their work, Coney Island Baby and Bush Gallery.
In honour of the exhibition Coney Island Baby we will be serving up hot rabbit stew and bannock! (veg option available)
12 – 1pm in the SOVA Gallery at Yukon School of Visual Arts
CONEY ISLAND BABY is on view October 3 – November 15, 2019 in the ODD Gallery at Dënäkär Zho / KIAC
Emphasizing invisible labour and Indigenous-led economies, Coney Island Baby is a collaborative project created by Gabrielle L’Hirondelle Hill, Jeneen Frei Njootli, Chandra Melting Tallow and Tania Willard on Secwépemc territory at at BUSH GALLERY. Featuring a short film that follows the artists as they learn how to snare wild rabbits, the project explores concepts of gender, nationhood, labour and land.
Tania Willard (Secwepemc Nation) works within the shifting ideas of contemporary and traditional as it relates to cultural arts and production, often working with bodies of knowledge and skills that are conceptually linked to her interest in intersections between Aboriginal and other cultures. Willard has worked as a curator in residence with grunt gallery and Kamloops Art Gallery. Willard’s curatorial work includes Beat Nation: Art, Hip Hop, and Aboriginal Culture, a national touring exhibition first presented at Vancouver Art Gallery in 2011. Alongside Karen Duffek, she co-curated Unceded Territories: Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun at the Museum of Anthropology. As a practicing artist, Willard’s recent project BUSH gallery collapses the boundary between artist and curator while creating space for experimental contemporary art practice in a land-based, outdoor environment outside of institutional spaces. BUSH gallery hosts an annual rez-idency on Willard’s family land on Neskonlith Indian reserve, near Chase, BC, part of Secwepemculecw.
Gabrielle L’Hirondelle Hill is a Metis artist and writer from Vancouver, BC, located on unceded Musqueam, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, and Tsleil-Waututh territory. Hill’s sculptures and installations perform as both a material exploration of colour and form and an enquiry into concepts of land, property, and economy. Her work has been exhibited at the Polygon Gallery, the Morris and Helen Belkin Gallery, Sunset Terrace, and Gallery Gachet in Vancouver; SBC galerie d’art contemporain in Montreal; STRIDE gallery in Calgary; SOMArts in San Francisco; and Get This! Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia.
ODD Gallery gratefully acknowledges support from the Canada Council for the Arts.