Jeneen Frei Njootli

Jeneen Frei Njootli is a 2SQ Vuntut Gwitchin, Czech and Dutch artist and lives and works in their home territory of Old Crow, Yukon. 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 centers around the world.  Recent exhibitions include Noise of the Flesh: Score for Gina Pane at the FRAC (Fonds régional d’art contemporain) France, (2023), Indian Theatre, curated by Candice Hopkins at CCS BARD Hessel Museum, NY (2023), I don’t know you like that: The Bodywork of Hospitality at UB Art Galleries, Buffalo (2023), Early Days: Indigenous Art at the McMichael at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection (2021), Soft Water Hard Stone an exhibition at the New Museum Triennial, New York (2021), Listen Up: Northern Soundscapes, Anchorage Museum (2021), Where Do We Go From Here? At the Vancouver Art Gallery (2021), Kunstverein Braunschweig in partnership with the Contemporary Art Gallery in Germany (2021); and the Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver (2018). Selection of group exhibitions, biennales, and conferences include The National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa (2019-2018); Vancouver Art Gallery (2018-2016); Anchorage Museum, Alaska (2020); and the Toronto Bienniale of Art (2020) among others.

Searching for you darlin in alley ways, 2021 Tarp, plastic chair, human hair, fur, caribou antler, rope, gold stanchions

Casino chips fall out of you, broken hearts and baggies too, 2021 Tarp, metal chair, drum, bondage harness

She smudged herself with gasoline till her arms were hard and mean, 2019-2021 Baseball cap, performance garment, fringe, fixative

The association representation (Jerry Can), 2021 Tarp, fixative 28 x 20 x 10.5”

Jaw set to the side, waging what more she’ll carry for you (Noise cancelling headphones), 2021 Tarp, fixative 29 x 21 x 5”

survival romance, 2021 Tarp, fixative 26 x 18 x 5”

What If We Were Cousins,


46.75 x 36”, Unique,

Archival C-print with matte finish

More than medicine should burn for you,


Cotton, bleach, hair, fringe,

Sky Daddy Undid Their Flags And Braided Others,


Cotton, bleach, fringe, wooden pole, brass,

Installation View of attachment,


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snow crust and sinew,


Photo credit: Toni Hafkenscheid,

sound installation Mercer Union, Toronto ON

Installation view of NDN Burn at FIERMAN Gallery. Photo courtesy of FIERMAN Gallery,

The Fiction of Zero,


Ball cap, porcupine quills, chain, sound element. Photo courtesy of FIERMAN Gallery,

Knowledge Transference I,


metal hardware 52 x 35.5”. Photo courtesy of FIERMAN Gallery,

Archival ink on vinyl

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48" L x 35.7" H x 3" W,

Bronze, Bleached Caribou Antler, Plastic, Leather

Jeneen Frei Njootli

LUX|MAM VI, Poly(methyl methacrylate),


Dimensions Variable,

Paper, Grease

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She made me realize what i had done, or what i have been doing, sculpture and performance,


mixed media,



Steel, Leather, Petrobond Sand,

Jeneen Frei Njootli, LUX | MAM,

10 minute performance, sound,