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 winner of 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.

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Jeneen Frei Njootli, snow crust and sinew, 2018, sound installation Mercer Union, Toronto ON, Photo credit: Toni Hafkenscheid

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Installation view of NDN Burn at FIERMAN Gallery.
MAY 4TH, 2018 – JUNE 22ND, 2018
PERFORMANCE & OPENING – FRIDAY, MAY 4TH, 2018, 6:00PM – 8:00PM
Photo courtesy of FIERMAN Gallery
Jeneen Frei Njootli
The Fiction of Zero, 2018
Ball cap, porcupine quills, chain, sound element.
Photo courtesy of FIERMAN Gallery
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Knowledge Transference I, 2017
Archival ink on vinyl, metal hardware
52 x 35.5”
Photo courtesy of FIERMAN Gallery
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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
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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
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LUX|MAM Installation View, January 2017