Leena Minifie is an artist, writer, curator and media producer who is both of British and Gitxaala decent. (Tsimshian)
Leena grew up on the Douglas Channel near her traditional home territory of the Pacific Northwest coast. The temporal rainforest was her playground; grizzlies, black bears, wolves and deer were her neighbors. Leena studied media arts at Indigenous Media Arts Group in Vancouver under some of Canada’s influential Native media artists such as Dana Claxton and Archer Pechawis. Leena completed a BFA in New Media and BA in Indigenous Liberal Studies in New Mexico.
She now resides in Minneapolis, MN where she works for boutique communications firm Seiche. Her art making and curatorial work is situated at the intersection of art, culture, land and politics. She creates video, media, and interactive works. She produced three short films that have screened at film festivals internationally and premiered at the ImagineNative film festival in Toronto. Most recently the film, ?E?anx/The Cave, played at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival in 2011 and her graduating piece “Sense of Home” picked up the 2012 Best New Media prize at ImagineNative Media Arts + Film Festival after screening at TIFF Bell Theatre.
Download my Resume (pdf)