Jeneen Frei Njootli

Jeneen Frei Njootli is a Vuntut Gwich’in artist and a founding member of the ReMatriate Collective. In her interdisciplinary practice she uses media such as performance, sound and textiles. Much of her work deconstructs the history of the materials she uses. She investigates their relationship to trade, ceremonial regalia, and the politics of First Nations art.

Her work as a contemporary Indigenous artist has been recognized throughout Canada. In 2017, Njootli was longlisted as a nominee for the national Sobey Art Award and shortlisted for the Contemporary Art Society Vancouver Artist Prize. In 2016 she won the William and Meredith Saunderson Prize for Emerging Artists. She has completed multiple residencies at the Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff, Alberta. For her recent Media Arts Residency at the Western Front, Vancouver, British Columbia, she hosted a free workshop teaching participants how to create and update Wikipedia pages for Indigenous women artists. In 2017, Jeneen Frei Njootli earned her MFA from University of British Columbia as an uninvited guest on unceded Musqueam, Squamish, Sto:lo and Tsleil-Waututh territories.

 

jeneen frei njootli
LUX|MAM III, Bronze, Bleached Caribou Antler, Plastic, Leather, 48″ L x 35.7″ H x 3″ W, 2017
Jeneen Frei Njootli
LUX|MAM VI, Poly(methyl methacrylate), Paper, Grease, Dimensions Variable, 2017
jeneen frei njootli
She made me realize what i had done, or what i have been doing, sculpture and performance, mixed media, 2015
Jeneen Frei Njootli
LUX|MAM VIII, Polycarbonate Masks 1-10, 113.5″ L x 9.5″ H, 2017
Jeneen Frei Njootli
LUX|MAM Installation View, January 2017