The third Jimei x Arles International Photo Festival will take place in Xiamen (south of China) from November 25, 2017 to January 3, 2018. Xiamen, formerly known as Amoy, is a coastal city that has been an important port for centuries. Located across the Taiwan strait, famous for the colonial-era Gulangyu island, it is a vibrant and modern city that is also the home of China's independent fashion scene. The festival's main sites are located in Xiamen's new district of Jimei.

Co-created by Sam Stourdzé, the director of famous international photo festival Rencontres d’Arles (France), and Chinese photographer RongRong (also the founder of Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, China’s first ever professional art center dedicated to photography), Jimei x Arles features international artists selected from Rencontres d’Arles alongside Chinese and Asian photography talents. The festival has attracted more than 100,000 visitors since its inception in 2015.

In 2017, the two founders of the Jimei x Arles International Photo Festival appointed Bérénice Angremy as festival director (Doors 门艺 Art & Culture Agency), co-founder of art festivals DIAF (2004-2007) and Caochangdi Photospring – Arles in Beijing (2010-2012), and former cultural attaché at the French embassy in China (2012-2017).

The 2017 festival will boast the works of more than 150 artists from the United States, France, Iran, Spain, the Netherlands, Indonesia, and of course China. The festival’s aim of providing a platform for new Chinese photography has once again been re-affirmed with several exhibitions showcasing young Chinese photographers and curators. The 21 exhibitions of 2017 Jimei x Arles attest to the diversity of photographic approaches and practices, and will include:

Jimei x Arles aims at strengthening its role as a platform for photography in Asia. Along with the exhibition program, a number of events are organized for photography professionals, art lovers and the public during the Opening Week (November 25-December 2nd): the Photobook fair, the Photo Folio Review, a Photography Seminar, the ‘Arles Night of the Year’, university lectures, discussion panels, art performances and guided tours.

With two main sites in Xiamen’s Jimei District and several other sites in the city, the festival aims to connect and animate separated cultural areas and spaces, to relay and promulgate different art forms through the city.

Jimei x Arles International Photo Festival is co-produced by Xiamen’s Jimei District and Three Shadows Photography Art Centre.


Organizers: Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, Tianxia Jimei Media

Special co-organizer: Rencontres d’Arles

Executive producer: Doors 门艺 Art & Culture Agency 

Partners: French Embassy in China, Crédit Agricole

Co-organizer: Wan Shun Housing Group

Steering Committee: Xiamen Federation of Literary Art Circles, Xiamen Jimei District Federation of Literary Art Circles


  • From November 25th to January 3rd
  • 21 exhibitions
  • More than 150 artists
  • Events: PhotoFolio Review, University lectures, Master classes, Night of the Year, Screenings...


  • 8 Exhibitions from Rencontres d'Arles 2017
  • 4 "China Pulse" Exhibitions curated by young Chinese or China-specialist curators
  • 5 Discovery Award Exhibitions (10 Young Chinese Photographers nominated)
  • 1 Solo Exhibition of Wang Wusheng
  • 2 "Asia Pulse" Exhibitions from the 2017 Guest Asian Country (Indonesia)