His Land and His People

Documentary Photographer Annette Den Ouden wanted to get closer and more involved with the locals she encountered during her travels. After seeing a mesmerising documentary about the nomadic and Buddhist lifestyle of the Tibetans she travelled several times to Tibet and Ladakh, and the Tibetans in exile in India. This work was made with a second and third grant from the BKVB foundation. The photographer focuses on the peaceful Tibetan plight for a Free Tibet. Contrary to the Chinese propaganda Tibet was never in history a part of China. Since 1959 the Chinese Government has illegally occupied the country with brutal disrespect for the local religion, culture and human rights. Truckloads of Chinese immigrants are paid to settle in Tibet every day and are exempt from the ‘one child’ policy. Tibetans have become a minority in their own country. To this day the international community does nothing to attempt to end this injustice. Through her photographs Den Ouden speaks for those whose voices are stifled.