Curator Selection / 2020 / /

A Cultural Genocide: Persecution of the Largest Minority Group in China

  • Photographer
    Amy Siqveland
  • Image Location

China has launched a campaign to eradicate Uyghur culture in Xinjiang.This includes placing 2 mil people into concentration camps.China contends the camps are for training & to combat Islamic extremism. Leaked documents show they’re being used to crush the native population.In 2019 I visited 8 towns in Xinjiang & witnessed the cultural liquidation.This essay focuses on the destruction of the housing & businesses that made up the ancient Silk Road cities & shows how they have been replaced with Potemkin villages, theme parks & artificial bazaars that lack any traditional character & history.

I am a photographer with a background in social work. I use my pen and camera as grassroots tools to help raise awareness for underserved populations.