• The Redfern Tent Embassy exhibition tells the a modern historic story about Sydney's Indigenous heritage and the fight to preserve it. (Facebook)Source: Facebook
The Redfern Tent Embassy exhibition tells the modern yet historic story of Sydney's Indigenous heritage and the fight to preserve it.
By
Shami Sivasubramanian

26 May 2016 - 4:02 PM  UPDATED 28 May 2016 - 8:44 PM

An exhibition featuring the documented legal protest battle surrounding the modern-historic Redfern Tent Embassy opened last night in Redfern.

The 11 day-long exhibition features the works of six photojournalists who spent 15 months documenting the protest against a multi-million dollar commercial development, which was to be built upon a very iconic stretch of land - the first stretch of land to be titled back to the Indigenous community by the Australian Government.

One of the photojournalists, Aunty Barbara McGrady, described the exhibition as "a very important cultural photo journalists' eye view" of the Redfern Tent Embassy's journey.

"It's very important culturally for all Australians, but more for Indigenous Australians," she told NITV. "It's a human rights issue."

As a proud Gamilaroi woman, Aunty Barbara said she felt compelled to report and document the protest, saying she "had to be there - on the first day, on the last day, and everything in between".

But now looking back on the events that have unfolded, Aunty Barbara finds the Redfern community to have changed, but not necessarily in an obvious or positive way.

Malarndirri McCarthy: Live chat with Jenny Munro on 'the Block'
During the week, there was a breakthrough in the long running saga over the construction of social housing on the Block in Sydney's Redfern. After almost a year-and-a-half of protest and occupation by the Redfern Aboriginal Tent Embassy and threats of eviction by the Aboriginal Housing Company, peace broke out. Last week, the Minister for indigenous Affairs, Senator Nigel Scullion intervened in the stalemate and announced a $5 million dollar grant to sweeten the deal for the housing company to go ahead with low cost accommodation at the same time as its commercial Pemulwuy Project. And on Tuesday, the AHC signed the compromise deal. Aunty Jenny Munro joined NITV News reporter Malarndirri McCarthy for a chat.

"You can't see or feel any changes, but that part of the Block, the part were all the tents were, has been blocked off. And everyone know why. So that's not a very good feeling," she said.

However she is still looking optimistically towards the future.

"But when the Tent Embassy is developed, there will be Aboriginal housing for members of the community and that is a good feeling. It was a good result for Jenny."

Jenny Munro, whom Aunty Barbara refers to, is the woman behind the establishment of the Redfern Tent Embassy and the protest that followed to preserve it.

Below are a pictures behind-the-scenes from the exhibition. For information on the event visit Facebook.

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