Suddenly, as she walked, a number of unfamiliar markers made out of sticks, cloths, animal skeletons and other objects, appeared in the middle of the Taklamakan Desert, of China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. The American photographer Lisa Ross stood in front of the Uyghur people’s holy sites. During a decade she returned annually in order to document, attempting to understand the meaning, and absorb the feeling, of these objects. It became her spiritual and creative pilgrimage.

These holy sites were created by one of China’s 56 officially recognised ethnicities, the Uyghur people, who through history have left a lasting imprint on both culture and tradition.

Lisa Ross’ photographs depict shrines that have a central role in the history, oral tradition and collective memory of the Uyghur people. Every holy site marks a personal prayer: a woman’s wish for a child, a desire for domestic harmony, or the healing of illness.

Despite the absence of people the images feel like intimate portraits. There is a relationship between the people who created the shrines, the people who have passed by and the people who have looked after them. “That’s what I want to evoke with my images,” Ross explains. “I have tried to capture both the fragility and the strength of these works.”

The Chinese government has designated the Uyghur shrines as “cultural property”, officially undercutting their religious function and promoting their identity as tourist attractions, eager to control the oil and gas-rich region. That means that the future is uncertain. In Lisa Ross’ images this rich and unique cultural heritage lives on, remaining what it was supposed to be.

Lisa Ross is a New York-based photographer and video artist. In addition to her ten-year project in the Xinjiang region, she has also worked in North Africa, Central Asia, China, Europe and Azerbaijan. Lisa Ross has an MFA in Visual Art from Columbia University and a BA from Sarah Lawrence College, New York. Today she is Adjunct Professor at Parsons School of Design in New York.

Her work has been presented at the University of California at Berkeley; Rencontres d’Arles Photo Festival: the Rubin Museum of Art in New York;  University of London, SOAS; Brunei Gallery and La Vieille Charité in Marseille. Her photographs are also available in the book “Living Shrines of Uyghur China”.

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Looking for a room in Stockholm.

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« Il limite della libertà risiede nella giustizia, cioè nell’esistenza dell’altro e nel riconoscimento dell’altro e il limite della giustizia si trova nella libertà cioè nel diritto della persona di esistere così come è in seno ad una collettività … il fine da perseguire è uno solo : che la vita sia libera per ognuno e giusta per tutti. » Albert Camus

« Il regno della libertà comincia solo là dove cessa il lavoro determinato dal bisogno e da una
finalità esteriore; si trova
quindi per sua natura al dilà della sfera propriamente materiale. »
Karl Marx


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A North Vietnamese soldier lies dead amongst his possessions. The Battle of Hué, 1968. Don McCullin


A North Vietnamese soldier lies dead amongst his possessions. The Battle of Hué, 1968.
Don McCullin

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#vietnam #war #soldier #lies #dead #possessions #huè 

Napoli Centrale 1975

James Senese- sax,flauto,voce
Mark harris- tastiere
Tony Walmsley- basso
Franco Del Prete- batteria e percussioni

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#winter #paysage d'hiver #black #metal 

I ran away with myself
I think I ran a little too far
Your love is more than a tease
And I’m gonna give it all of my heart
Situations is all wrapped up
And no more needs to be said, oh no
You live in my world gotta heed me
And I know that you can cause you need me
There ain’t nothin’ gonna stop us now
We’re willing and we both know how
And baby you’re gonna be my queen
Cause the king always know just what he means
Well, alright
The future looks only a sea
Of the troubled times ahead for you and me
And the desert oasis just sand
For the kingdom and all of my plans
On no, said all will fall, yeah

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