I Can't Sleep: Homage to a Uyghur Homeland [cards], 2018
12 3/4 x 19" pigment print
Ed. of 10 + 5APs
For the past few years, the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) in North West China has been transforming into an Orwellian state. One to two million Uyghurs have disappeared into China’s newly built
de-extremification camps for the sole purpose of re-education, and “to eradicate the disease of Islam." I Can’t Sleep: Homage to a Uyghur Homeland is a series by Lisa Ross [b. 1964, Brooklyn, NY] of Uyghur women and children who sleep outdoors during hot summer months in the prefecture of Turpan. The Uyghurs are a Turkic Muslim ethnic group who are seen as a threat to the future of the Chinese nation.
Proceeds donated to The Uyghur Human Rights Project. Its mission is to promote human rights and democracy for the Uyghur people, and to raise awareness of human rights abuses that occur in East Turkestan, referred to by the Chinese authorities since 1955 as the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region [XUAR].