Patrick Wack: DUST
Leading human rights groups like Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have published reports accusing the Chinese Communist Party of crimes against humanity for practices including: targeting Muslim religious leaders, banning religious practices, destroying mosques and tombs, placing Uyghur’s into “re-education” camps, and facilitating the mass migration of Han Chinese (China’s ethnic majority) into Xinjiang to “dilute the minority population.” China denies all allegations of human rights abuses in Xinjiang, claiming its system of “re-education” camps are there to combat separatism and Islamist militancy in the region. While DUST documents an incredibly delicate and complicated topic, Wack approaches the creation and framing of images with an eye for honesty and beauty.
Patrick Wack, DUST 46, 2020. Digital photograph, 5 x 4 inches. Courtesy of the artist