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uaa_admin
25-11-10, 04:17
Artist reception and slideshow: December 7, 2010, 7:30 p.m.

ARTIST’S STATEMENT

Since 2007, I have been documenting the Uighur people in Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, a vast, arid end-point to the Central Asian Silk Road above Tibet. “Becoming Chinese” focuses on where Uighurs ply trades and work farms, scrum open-air markets, traverse trucking routes, and try to transmit an ethnic culture under siege.

China’s policy to develop its western frontier (which holds its largest natural gas reserves), has sent millions of loyal Han Chinese into Xinjiang, home to about 10 million Uighurs. Though unofficial, China’s flagrant efforts to exterminate the Uighur's millennia-old culture is ongoing. Against these overwhelming tides, Uighurs continue to aspire to cultural and political autonomy, and at times to independence. These images provide glimpses into the disappearing spaces of their daily lives.

ARTIST’S BIO

Based in Istanbul, Turkey, American photographer Carolyn Drake is best known for her work examining the history, topography, cultures, and geopolitical borders of Central Asia. Situated between China, Russia, Iran and Afghanistan, this is a region where East meets West—where cultures have intersected and collided for millennia.

Drake is the recipient of a Fulbright fellowship, the Lange Taylor Documentary Prize, and a Guggenheim fellowship, as well as awards from the POYi and World Press Photo competitions. Her work is published in numerous publications, including The New Yorker, National Geographic, The New York Times, and Newsweek. Recent exhibitions include solos shows at the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford, UK and The Third Floor Gallery in Cardiff, Wales.

Her web site is at: http://www.carolyndrake.com

ALL PHOTOGRAPHY EVENTS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

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THE HALF KING IS LOCATED AT 505 WEST 23RD STREET, JUST WEST OF 10TH AVENUE.

Unregistered
25-11-10, 06:14
You are one of the best friends of UYGHURS! It is fantastisc photografies about UYGHURS!
Thank you.
An UYGHUR

Unregistered
26-11-10, 17:00
esteemed artist has recorded very intimate moments in the Uyghur Autonomous Region,
hope it becomes an inspiration for potential aspiring Uyghur photographers