Kuannersuit; Kvanefjeld by Lise Autogena and Joshua Portway on view at Sheffield's Site Gallery

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 17:45

Lise Autogena and Joshua Portway’s Arts Catalyst-commissioned film Kuannersuit; Kvanefjeld (2016) is on view as part of the group exhibition Liquid Crystal Display at Sheffield's newly re-opened Site Gallery, running until 27 January 2019.

The film is a work in-progress, forming the first part of the artists’ long-term investigation into tensions and conflicts within the small, mostly indigenous, community of Narsaq near the Kvanefjeld plateau in southern Greenland; site of one of the richest rare earth mineral resources and uranium ore deposits in the world. It portrays a community divided on the issue of uranium mining as a means of gaining autonomy, social progress and financial independence, in a region where traditional ways of living from the land and the sea are struggling to compete with big investments from foreign mining companies. The film explores 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.

Kuannersuit; Kvanefjeld was commissioned by Arts Catalyst.