‘Chinese Turkestan’ @ Kaviar Forge & Gallery

Sept. 30-Oct. 29

Kaviar Forge & Gallery
1718 Frankfort Ave. • 561-0377
Opening Reception: Free; 6-9 p.m.

Kaviar Forge & Gallery presents “Chinese Turkestan,” a collection of photography by Ryan Pyle, which reveals a dying Chinese culture in the area known as Turkestan. The people of this region remain as they have for generations as herdsmen, farmers, craftsmen and shop owners who buy and sell animals and fuel at trading posts, go to mosque regularly and watch cockfighting competitions. Pyle, who has lived in China since 2002 and is a regular contributor to The New York Times, says he created the collection of images to capture this culture before its slow but sure absorption into the culture of the Xinjiang Province. The exhibit is part of Louisville’s Photo Biennial and continues through Oct. 29. —Kevin Gibson

One Comment

  1. boxoatoc
    Posted September 30, 2011 at 9:48 pm | Permalink

    Actually, East Turkestan is what could, and many argue should, be an independent country. In fact, the Uighur residents have bitterly resisted the Chinese occupation since it began — the Chinese government has executed hundreds of separatists. Most Uighur refuse to be called “Chinese,” despite the fact that their land has been occupied by China for several generations. Xinjiang Province literally translates to “New Territory” in Mandarin Chinese, and most of that province is considered the colonized area of East Turkestan. The absorption into China is daunting, since “mainland” Chinese have been emigrating to East Turkestan for good jobs for about 20 years. The biggest cities are increasingly Han-ified, and Uighur women are intentionally sent by the government into the mainland for jobs or job training when they are of marrying age. It’s an ethnic cleansing and working abhorrently well.

    AK in Crescent Hill

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