About the Artist
Jeneen Frei Njootli
Jeneen Frei Njootli is a Vuntut Gwitchin artist and a co-creator of the ReMatriate Collective, currently based on unceded Coast Salish Territory in Vancouver.
Frei Njootli’s practice concerns itself with Indigeneity in politics, community engagement and productive disruptions. An alumna of the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, she has worked as a performance artist, workshop facilitator, crime prevention youth coordinator and has exhibited across Canada. She obtained her BFA from Emily Carr University in 2012 after working as a curatorial assistant on Rita Wong’s Downstream: Reimagining Water Project. She received the William & Meredith Saunderson Prize for Emerging Canadian Artist from the Hnatyshyn Foundation in 2016. In 2017, she received her MFA from the University of British Columbia. Currently Frei Njootli is working on a research project centered on performance and the land.
We will examine a wide range of art forms including sound walks, heritage markers, and text-based work. Over the course of the term students will conduct research and complete project proposals for two interventions within a park space. While the research component of the course will bring together ethnographic and historical accounts, as well as spatial analyses of particular parks, students’ written/visual proposals for a public intervention might take various forms.
This course builds upon an innovative partnership, linking students to a nationally synchronized set of courses and exhibitions exploring critical themes related to present-day environmental and climatic crises, the legacies of colonialism, and the complex relationship between nationhood and cultural identity. Students do not have to have taken the Spring 2017 LandMarks course to participate — everyone is welcome.