Professor Lise Autogena’s film installation Kuannersuit; Kvanefjeldet is featured in the exhibition Perpetual Uncertainty / Contemporary Art in the Nuclear Anthropocene at Bildmuseet, Sweden
Kuannersuit; Kvanefjeldet by Lise Autogena and Joshua Portway portrays the region of Kvanefjeld in southern Greenland - site of the richest rare earth mineral resources in the world, and home to one of the world’s largest deposits of uranium. The film explores a Greenland divided on the issue of uranium mining as a means of gaining autonomy, social progress and financial independence. Traditional ways of living from the land and the sea do not sit easily with the government’s plans for big investments from foreign mining companies. The film portrays the difficult decisions and trade-offs faced by a culture seeking to escape a colonial past and define its own identity in a globalised world.
You can read a review of the work in the Nordic art journal Kunstkritikk.
Presentation by Lise Autogena and Joshua Portway at Bildmuseet, 5/2 2017: The price they are willing to pay - the ongoing battle over uranium mining in Greenland
Also features in The Nuclear Culture Source Book, edited by Ele Carpenter, published by Black Dog Publishing in connection with the exhibition.
More about the Perpetual Uncertainty exhibition on the museum's website here.
Lise Autogena is a professor of Cross Disciplinary Art at Sheffield Hallam University's Cultural, Communication and Computing Research Institute. www.autogena.org
Research for the film was supported by National Academies Keck Futures Initiative of the National Academies of Sciences (NAKFI ADSEM9).