Artist statement from Chinese photographer Wang Juyan:
From Dunhuang to Suoyang, from Kizil to Bezeklik, Xian Guan was a journey made between four Buddhist cave painting sites on the ancient Chinese Silk Road. It is through the wildness of the North West that the sublime register of history can be felt.
Art is, in a way, the presentation of history as a material to the present. Within these immense natural sceneries, I observed the geo-political uncertainties caused by racial, historical and economic pressures. From the Buddhist site in Dunhuang (partly demolished during the Cultural Revolution) to the current conflict areas near Kizil, history confronts the contemporary in Xian Guan.
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