Jeneen Frei Njootli
Jeneen Frei Njootli is a Vuntut Gwich’in artist and a founding member of the ReMatriate Collective a group working toward better representation of Indigenous women in the media. In her interdisciplinary practice she uses media such as performance, sound and textiles. Key themes in her art include Indigeneity in politics, community engagement and productive disruptions 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. Njootli was chosen as a LandMarks2017 artist, creating the installation Being Skidoo, which honoured and acknowledged skidoos as "tools and partners in travel." Being Skidoo was filmed on a journey into Vuntut National Park in April 2017.