Lisa RossUnited States
Grants Awarded2016 | Visual Art | China
for a six-week grant to explore the changing nature of Uyghur traditional arts in Xinjiang Province, China, beginning in fall 2016
Women and children – posturing, gazing, playing on bed frames – become “coincidental subjects,” their vivid garments sharply accentuated against the muted earth tones of the vast Taklamakan Desert. This far west region of China (Xinjiang), home to the Uyghur people, is a place Lisa Ross has imaged and imagined for over 15 years. Recently, the Chinese state has amplified its efforts to forcibly assimilate minority populations, imbuing the artist with a sense of urgency to display these pictures.