Photographic Alphabet: Q is for Q. Sakamaki

Photographic Alphabet: Q is for Q. Sakamaki

 Uter 001 © Q. Sakamaki

Uter 001 © Q. Sakamaki

China Outer Lands

China’s Outer Lands is about people’s identity in Outer China, covering its North, Northeast, West, and Southwest regions. These lands consist of a multitude of ethnic groups, such as Uighurs, Manchus, Bais, Mongols, and Tibetans,  whose mother tongues and religions are very different from Han-Chinese; many of them practice Islam and stricter Buddhism.

Each region has its own tumultuous history. A small change of the power balance creates a new wave of migrants looking for a better life in a safer place, often resulting in wars. Their lands are now considered a part of China, and they are facing another historical phenomenon – China’s massive economic development, fortified by tens of millions of ethnic Han-Chinese migrants into the regions. These developments have created enormous economic disparity, as well as conflicts between the old guards (including among the Han-Chinese), and the newcomers.

 Uter 011 © Q. Sakamaki 

Uter 011 © Q. Sakamaki 

 Uter 002 © Q. Sakamaki 

Uter 002 © Q. Sakamaki 

With the historical context in mind, modern-day people in the provinces of Outer China struggle with redefining their identity, and consciously or unconsciously seek feelings of belonging or exclusiveness, conformity or uniqueness and/or the thirst for power or dependence. This isn't an isolated occurrence: similar, conflicted desires are rampant all across the globe.

 Uter 004 © Q. Sakamaki 

Uter 004 © Q. Sakamaki 

 Uter 007 © Q. Sakamaki 

Uter 007 © Q. Sakamaki 

 Uter 015 © Q. Sakamaki 

Uter 015 © Q. Sakamaki 

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