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, cultural regalia, and the politics of Indigenous Art.

Her work as a contemporary Indigenous artist has been recognized throughout Canada and internationally. In 2018, Njootli was shortlisted as a nominee for the national Sobey Art Award and the winner of the Luminaries Award from the Museum of Northwest Art. In 2017, she won the Contemporary Art Society of Vancouver Artist Prize. Njootli has exhibited and performed most recently at Remai Modern (Saskatoon, 2019), Encuentro, (Mexico City, 2019), La Ferme du Buisson (Noisiel, France, 2019), Contemporary Art Gallery (Vancouver, 2018), Fierman Gallery (New York, 2018), National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa, 2019), and the Toronto Biennale (Toronto, 2019).

She has completed multiple residencies at the Banff Centre for the Arts, as well as at the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture in 2018 and The Future is Floating, ​with Other Sights for Artists in 2019. For her 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 the University of British Columbia as an uninvited guest on unceded Musqueam, Squamish, Sto:lo and Tsleil-Waututh territories. She currently holds an Assistant Professor position at the University of British Columbia.

Survey of Work 

Installation View of attachment, December, 2019
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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. Photo courtesy of FIERMAN Gallery
The Fiction of Zero, 2018, Ball cap, porcupine quills, chain, sound element. Photo courtesy of FIERMAN Gallery
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
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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
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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

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