Written by Yi Xiaocuo This is a Kazakh song by an anonymous singer. It is in a traditional oral art … More
Under surveillance: Artworks from Kazakhstan
The mounting evidences of artificial intelligence surveillance and arbitrary detention in Xinjiang exacerbated the already tense public anxiety due to the worsening human rights condition in Kazakhstan. Surveillance becomes one of the key themes in artistic expression in Kazakhstan civil society.
By an anonymous singer friend. Shared with artist’s permission on Sep 17, 2019. Featured image is credited to photographer Theo Paul. Quite a self-explanatory video telling the lived experience of Turkic speaking peoples in Xinjiang at the moment: family separation, cultural genocide, surveillance, forced inter-ethnic marriage, home invasion and spying, forced wage labor, state orphanage/residential school…
Kazakhstan Art Group Shapalaque
Kazakhstan is facing Chinese expansion and surveillance directly across the border. At the same time, the youths there are fighting against their government’s corruption and autocracy. Bravo to these young artists’ creative initiative to reflect the truth behind the government orchestrated tour of the Xinjiang ‘re-education camps’!
by Yi Xiaocuo WeChat, one of the only communication apps allowed in China, has become so insidious and dangerous to … More
Eid Mubarak: A Phone Call with Family
by Yi Xiaocuo This sketch is for the many of us who can’t return home to celebrate Eid with our … More