Meeting with Canadian artist Jeneen Frei Njootli and Julie Pellegrin, Director of the Centre d’art contemporain de la Ferme du Buisson, upon the Take Care exhibition presented at Ferme du Buisson until 21 July 2019.
In her presentation, Jeneen Frei Njootli will be talking about Indigenous image sovereignty, intersectional feminism, decolonization and her work with the ReMatriate Collective. Formed in 2014, the ReMatriate Collective advocates for the ethical representation of Indigenous woman in media.
Jeneen Frei Njootli is a member of the Gwitchin Vuntut First Nation. Her practice is intimately connected to her life experience in the Canadian Arctic North and this particular community.
Her deliberately ephemeral artwork takes the shape of performances, sound recordings or textile work. She deconstructs the history of the materials she uses by studying their relations with the trade, ceremonial emblems, stories and art policies of the First Nations.
She confronts these complex relations to the impermanence of her own body and the continuous incorporation of indigenous knowledge, stories and know-how.
Moreover, she is the founder of indigenous feminist collective ReMatriate. Jeneen Frei Njootli received the Contemporary Art Society Vancouver Artist Prize as well as the William and Meredith Saunderson Award, and was nominated to the Sobey Art Prize in 2018.
In the Take Care exhibition, ten artists including 8 Canadian artists question us about how art, activism, mutual aid, feminist practices, the queer culture, indigenous knowledge or a closer relation to earth can contribute to a better acknowledgment of care as a social and cultural force.
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