China Western, 2006-2008
“China Western” is a reflection on the current political situation of mixing and ambivalence in the province of Xinjiang in the far west of China. Xinjiang is rich in oil and gas, and since it is on the route taken by Chinese oil tanks to Kazakhstan, it is strategically important. The indigenous Uighurs, a Muslim people of Turkic origin who are in danger of losing their culture, demand independence for what they are calling eastern Turkestan. They live alongside workers of the Han Chinese majority, who have come to work and to bring progress and education.
Carlos Spottorno (1971, Budapest, HU), artiste espagnol diplômé de l’Academia di Belle Arti di Roma en peinture et gravure, a glissé vers la photographie et la vidéo documentaire en 2001. Il a reçu le prix World Press Photo en 2003, le Kassel Photobook Award en 2013 et est notamment publié dans National Geographic Espagne.
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