This should be an event worth catching!
FRIDAY 29 OCTOBER, 12:30 – 1.30PM
What would you say if you stood to inherit royalties from a five billion dollar project?
Jeffrey Lee rejected this extremely lucrative offer. Join him in conversation to understand the reasons why, as he discusses his country and ongoing struggle to assert his traditional ownership over his land, despite pressure from industry to allow uranium mining.
Jeffrey Lee is the sole member of the Djork clan and senior custodian of the land encompassing the Koongarra Mining lease within Kakadu National Park. Lee has reputedly declined lucrative offers from a multinational corporation who were eager to extract 14,000 tonnes of uranium, worth over five billion dollars. Lee’s unwavering opposition successfully motivated the Federal Government to formally incorporate the area as part of heritage listed Kakadu National Park to ensure that his country remains unharmed for future generations.
In 2010 theweathergroup_U collaborated with Jeffrey Lee to produce a new video installation Koongarra, commissioned by the MCA for In the Balance: Art for a Changing World. The conversation will take place in the galleries, as part of the exhibition.
image above: theweathergroup_U Koongarra 2010 2-channel video installation, copyright the artists and Jeffrey Lee
Info from MCA website here.