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Jeneen Frei Njootli: Screening + Media Art Performance

This event took place on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 3:00pm
Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre

Jeneen Frei Njootli presents Being Skidoo, a 10-minute documentary created for LandMarks2017. The short explores land use through the making of a skidoo blanket. In the Vuntut National Park, people journeying over land often do so by skidoo — a vehicle as essential to travel today as sled dogs have been for centuries. Vuntut’s Gwitchin community has long outfitted its sled dogs with beautifully embroidered blankets that speak to the value of people’s relationships with the dogs, the caribou they harvest together and the land itself. Accompanying the screening will be a performance and artist talk by Frei Njootli. Using microphones that she has made, Frei Njootli turns materials and belongings that are close to her into sound tools. Guitar pedals, a loop station, an amp and a subwoofer give voice to these objects. Nominated for a Sobey Award: Jeneen Frei Njootli is an artist (Vuntut Gwitchin) and co-creator of the ReMatriate Collective who has been living and working as an uninvited guest on unceded Musqueam, Squamish, Sto:lo and Tsleil-Waututh territories for a decade. She recently exhibited at the Vancouver Art Gallery, Yukon Arts Centre and Toronto’s Trinity Square Video, has performed at La Jolla Playhouse with James Luna in California, and has co-curated events at VIVO Media Arts Centre and Western Front in Vancouver. Funding for Jeneen Frei Njootli: Screening + Media Art Performance is made possible through the assistance of Arts Fund, Department of Tourism and Culture, Yukon Government, Jeanie Dendys, Minister.

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