After looking at You Li’s photos of Kashkar, I concluded that the idea behind them was to see the country as something other than an administrative area, a conclusion which she later confirmed. This Kashkar is not a specific geographical area, but “You Li’s Kashkar,” and for once we failed to find something like “emotion and survival,” which is supposedly the foundation of any work of reportage.
We have limited information about You Li who is a rather reserved person. Apparantly, You Li left her old life to get involved in the tribe, she spend a long time to illustrate this romantic idea and to fullfil her mission. The "Kashkar scenery" by You Li represent an unusual way of looking . You Li was hunting for novelty in Kashkar.
Text by Han Lei, curator of You Li