Jeneen Frei Njootli is a 2SQ Vuntut Gwitchin, Czech and Dutch artist and has been living and working as an uninvited guest in the ancestral, unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. They have gotten to work with many mentors and knowledge holders over the years in addition to holding an MFA from the University of British Columbia and a BFA from Emily Carr University. Invested in Indigenous sovereignty, decolonization and concerned with the production, dissemination and embodiment of images, Frei Njootli’s practice takes the forms of performance, sound, textiles, images, collaboration, workshops and feral scholarship.

Represented by Macaulay & Co. Fine Art in Vancouver, Frei Njootli’s work has been presented in many galleries, museums and artist run centres around the world. Some recent solo exhibitions include PLATFORM centre, Winnipeg (2020); Remai Modern, Saskatoon (2019); Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver (2018); Fierman Gallery, New York (2018). Selection of group exhibitions, biennales, and conferences include Yukon Arts Center, Whitehorse (2016-2020); The National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa (2019-2018); Vancouver Art Gallery (2018-2016); Anchorage Museum, Alaska (2020); Gallery TPW, Toronto (2018); Toronto Bienniale of Art (2020); MOMENTA Biennale de l’image and Galerie de l’UQAM, Montréal (2019); Encuentro, Mexico City (2019); Native American & Indigenous Studies Association, Hawaii (2016); among others. In 2017 they were recognized for their work by the Vancouver Contemporary Artist Society and was a runner up for 2018’s Sobey Art Awards.

On the board of directors of Or Gallery, and a member of BUSH gallery, Frei Njootli is currently an Assistant Professor and committee member of VISA Graduate Committee in the Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory at the University of British Columbia.

Survey of Work 

What If We Were Cousins, 2014, Jeneen Frei Njoolti, Archival C-print with matte finish, 46.75 x 36”, Unique
More than medicine should burn for you, 2020, Cotton, bleach, hair, fringe
Sky Daddy Undid Their Flags And Braided Others, 2020, Jeneen Frei Njootli, Cotton, bleach, fringe, wooden pole, brass
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

LUX | MAM II, 2017, Steel, Leather, Petrobond Sand
Jeneen Frei Njootli, LUX | MAM, 2017, 10 minute performance, sound

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