An evening of readings presented by Jeneen Frei Njootli and Olivia Whetung. The artists will offer their perspectives on two selections:
Give back: First Nations perspectives on cultural practice.
Gallerie : women artist’s monographs, 1992
A selection from this collection of essays by First Nations women writers, wherein they argue for a radical re-visioning of culture and the functional relationship between the artist and the community.
Nations in urban landscapes, 1997
Marcia Crosby’s contribution to a catalogue for the exhibition held at the Contemporary Art Gallery in 1995, which calls attention to the hybrid histories of aboriginal communities located within the urban landscape.
Your participation is invited. Attendance is free and all are welcome.
This event is hosted in relation to the upcoming residency with Jeneen Frei Njootli at Western Front, and as part of Intertextual. Intertextual is a roving reading group that aims to both examine/critique and create/support a community based in text, recognizing the process of selection and concomitant erasure that occurs in any process of representation. Taking the critical historiography of Native Art of the Northwest Coast: A Changing History of Ideas (UBC Press, 2013) as a point of provocation – in which contributors record and scrutinize definitions of Northwest Coast Native art and its boundaries – this reading group series belongs to an intertextual discussion of artistic practice and the role of art institutions (from artist-run centres to public gallery models) in Vancouver.
Jeneen Frei Njootli is a Gwich’in artist and a founding member 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. She has worked as a performance artist, workshop facilitator, crime prevention youth coordinator and has exhibited across Canada.
Olivia Whetung is a member of Curve Lake First Nation and a citizen of the Nishnaabeg Nation. She completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts with a minor in Anishinaabemowin at Algoma University in 2013, and is currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts at the University of British Columbia. Her work explores acts of/active native presence, as well as the challenges of working with/in/through indigenous languages in an art world dominated by the English language.
With tea generously provided by Capilano Tea House & Botanical Soda Co.