The Uyghurs are native to the Xinjiang Autonomous Region in northwest China. The fate of the Uyghurs, an ethnic group of Turkish people originating from and culturally linked to the Central and East Asian region, is in peril.
Since 2014, the Chinese government has subjected Uyghurs living in Xinjiang to widespread abuses, including forced sterilizations and forced labor.
Since 2017, at least one million Uyghurs have been arbitrarily detained in Xinjiang internment camps.
Aaron Kimmig’s 2021 artwork is central point of rethinking the situation.
Aaron Kimmig artwork Xinjiang Sentinel-2 consists of 16 images, 45 cm x 45 cm, with aggregated satellite images and a website where the internment camps can be observed (https://dc.nanu-c.org).
The animated travelogue through the Chinese province of Xinjiang consists of over 380 suspected internment camps where Uyghurs are held in Xinjiang.
The work by Aaron Kimmig was originally featured as part of the project: Die Sichtbarkeit des Unsichtbaren // The Visibility of the Invisible
Recorded and finalized by FWF-PEEK project “Conviviality as Potentiality” (AR 679).
Realized by the project team Conviviality as Potentiality [FWF AR 679]. Recording and editing by Jovita Pristovšek. Sound recordings by Sophie Uitz. Conceptualization by Marina Gržinić, Professor at Studio for Post-conceptual Art Practices/PCAP/IBK,
Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, 2022.
Supported by the Rector’s Fund 2021 for Projects, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. Awarded to the Studio for Post-conceptual Art Practices/PCAP/ in 2021.