Dust, is a documentary project by Patrick Wack on Uighur communities to be published by André Frère Éditions.
DUST brings together the fruit of four years of work by Patrick Wack in the Central Asian region known as East Turkestan or Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, its official Chinese name.
In recent years, the region has seen the Turkish Muslim populations undergo a policy of massive imprisonment, planned and organized by the Chinese authorities. The photographer’s work begins at the turn of this historic break, offering a visual portrait of the region before, then during its descent into the “Orwellian” dystopia that we now know.
Between 2016 and 2017, Wack spent more than two months in Xinjiang to produce his series Out West, his first documentary project on the region. When the first reports appeared in 2018 on the emergence of a concentration camp system, he decided to go there again, which he would do twice, in 2019, to produce his second project in the region, The Night Is Thick. This second report is a dive into the life of the Uyghur minority, the victim of increased and now systematic repression, alongside the obscene growth of Chinese-Han tourism in the region.
Patrick Wack : Dust
André Frère Éditions