2019 Jimei × Arles | CALL FOR CURATORIAL PROJECTS

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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 240,000 visitors since its inception in 2015. Jimei x Arles is co-organized by Three Shadows Photography Art Centre and Xiamen Xiamen Tianxia Jimei Media Co., Ltd. 

Bérénice Angremy and Victoria Jonathan are the art directors of the 2019 edition, held in Xiamen from November 22, 2019, to January 5, 2020 (dates TBC).


Call for projects!

Jimei x Arles features around 30 exhibitions arranged in different sections: exhibitions from Rencontres d’Arles, China Pulse, Crossover Photography, Jimei x Arles Discovery Award, Collector’s Tale, Local Action, Project Room and a special focus on an Asian country.

In 2019, Jimei x Arles is launching a call for curatorial projects for its China Pulse and Crossover Photography sections. It is open to all exhibition curators specialized in Chinese photography.

China Pulse is a series of exhibitions curated by China photography specialists. It aims at taking the pulse of current trends in Chinese photography. 

Whether collective or individual, the exhibition project shall refer to the photography medium in its diversity of forms (print, digital, video…).

Crossover Photography section invites curators to show the possibilities of photography on different media (print, video, digital, objects…) and in crossing cultural contexts. The project can be a collective or individual exhibition.

 Each exhibition has a maximum space of 150-200square meters, located in the main festival venue (Jimei Citizen Square Exhibition Hall). 

 Additionally, Jimei x Arles festival will cover travel expenses within China for the curator and one of the artists participating in the exhibition to attend the festival’s opening on November 22-24.

The chosen projects will be part of the 2019 festival exhibition program (November 22 to January 5).

2018 Jimei x Arles Crossover exhibitions place

2018 Jimei x Arles Crossover exhibitions place

2018 Jimei x Arles Crossover exhibitions place

2018 Jimei x Arles Crossover exhibitions place

2018 Jimei x Arles China Pulse exhibitions place

2018 Jimei x Arles China Pulse exhibitions place

2018 Jimei x Arles China Pulse exhibitions place

2018 Jimei x Arles China Pulse exhibitions place


RULES OF PARTICIPATION

1 — PURPOSE
The Jimei x Arles call for curatorial projects is intended for curators wishing to produce an unprecedented exhibition project with a relationship to Chinese photography.The exhibition must premiere at Jimei x Arles 2019.


2 — APPLICATION
If you are interested in participating in the call for projects, please send us an email (menyi@doors-agency.com) ahead of your application to receive all details.
 The application must be submitted in online forms (You can get access to online form by long pressing the following QR codes) and include the following, in Mandarin or English (ideally both): 

If you are in China, please click to obtain the "Maike" form.

If you are not in China, please click to obtain the Typeform.

> a biography of the curator
(maximum 150 words in English, or 250 characters in Mandarin, ideally in both languages, in Word) complete with training, research and contact details

> a portfolio
(pdf) of various projects the curator has carried out

> a written text presentation of the exhibition project proposed for the 2019 Jimei x Arles festival
(maximum 500 words in English, or 800 characters in Mandarin, ideally in both languages, in Word or PPT)

> a body of works and a list of the artists for the project
(visuals are mandatory, word or ppt)

> an estimated exhibition production budget

> a timetable

The texts must be in Mandarin or English, ideally both.

 The application deadline is March 1, 2019.

The selected projects will be announced on March 29, 2019.

If the project is not approved, no compensation will be provided.

3 — PRODUCTION
The exhibition project will be submitted to the Jimei x Arles team for approval. If approved, the project will enter the production stage, supervised by Jimei x Arles.

> The budget, managed by Jimei x Arles, shall include:

  • loan of works

  • round-trip shipping to Jimei  

  • production of the works: prints/frames, wallpaper, etc.

  • insurance

  • other expenses TBD

The festival will also cover travel expenses for the curator and one of the artists on the festival’s opening weekend on November 22-24(mainland China round-trip ticket to Xiamen + accommodation). The curator will arrive a few days ahead to supervise the exhibition’s installation during the set-up period.

In addition, Jimei x Arles will cover the costs of designing, setting up and taking down the exhibition as well as providing security.

> The curator will:
-select the works forming the body of the exhibition after confirming that they are free of exhibition and reproduction rights, and send technical sheet with full production requirements (type of photo paper, color of the walls, lighting, equipment, etc), before May 13, 2019

- draft a text for the exhibition

- be present during the exhibition’s setup period (length of stay to be determined depending on the project, between November 11 and 22) to coordinate the installation in relation with the festival’s production team

- attend the festival’s opening weekend (November 22-24)and participate in events and activities (guided tour of the exhibition, talks, interviews…).

4 — COMMUNICATION

If approved, the project will be part of the 2019 Jimei x Arles program, and as such will be included in the festival’s communication (website, catalogue, social media, etc.).

 To ensure good communication on the exhibition, the curator shall provide before May 13,2019the festival with :

  • the title of the exhibition 

  • a text introducing the exhibition, in both long version(maximum 400 words in English, or 600characters in Mandarin, ideally in both languages), made for the exhibition space and catalogue, and short version made for digital promotion (maximum 150 words in English, or 250 characters in Mandarin, ideally in both languages)

  • 15 photos free of reproduction rights for the catalogue in high resolution (350 dpi, 25cm height minimum) and for digital use in low resolution (72 dpi), of which 5 photos will be selected for the press and digital promotion

  • captions for the photos (in Mandarin or English, ideally both) : title, location year, technical details, courtesy…

  • the curator’s biography(maximum 150 words in English, or 250 characters in Mandarin, ideally in both languages)including the mentions « Born in… in… » and « Works and lives in… », and links to their website and Instagram account

  • the artist(s)’s biography  (maximum 150 words in English, or 250 characters in Mandarin, ideally in both languages)including the mentions « Born in… in… » and « Works and lives in… », and links to their website and Instagram account/weibo

  • the curator’s photo portrait in low resolution (72 dpi) and high resolution (300 dpi - size 30x20 cm), for print and digital use, with photo credit

  • the artist(s)’s photo portrait in low resolution (72 dpi) and high resolution (300 dpi - size 30x20 cm),for print and digital use, with photo credit

  • partners or institutions that must be mentioned


TIMETABLE

January 25, 2019
the application period opens

March 1, 2019
application deadline

March 29, 2019
announcement to curators of the selected projects

 

May 15, 2019
Jimei x Arles team receives all production and communication materials from the curator

Early July 2019

Press conference in Arles

 

Mid-September 2019
Press conference for the 2019 Jimei x Arles festival in Beijing and public announcement of the 2019 programme 

November 11-21, 2019 

installation / set-up period 

November 22-24, 2019 

festival opening weekend 

 

November 22, 2019 – January 5, 2020

festival exhibition period

If you have any question, please contact us:
menyi@doors-agency.com

4th EDITION OF JIMEI x ARLES PHOTO FESTIVAL IN CHINA: 70,000 VISITORS

Jimei x Arles International Photo Festival just ended in Xiamen (China). The 2018 attendance has increased, with 70,000 visitors in 7 weeks (17% more than in 2017).

2018 Jimei x Arles International Photo Festival Report Video

2018 IN KEY FIGURES 

•       30 exhibitions

•       70 artists and 23 curators

•       3 exhibition venues

•      2 awards dedicated to young talents, rewarding Lei Lei (Jimei x Arles Discovery Award) and Pixy Liao (Jimei x Arles - Madame Figaro Women Photographers Award)

•      70,000 visitors

•      65,000 viewers in live-streaming (talks and guided tours)

•       12 workshops and 5 university lectures 

•      Opening weekend attended by 500 guests and professionals

•       More than 600 media reports already

 

AND NOW…

Greetings from South Korea at Three Shadows Photography Art Centre in Beijing

The 3 exhibitions dedicated to South Korean photography as part of the 2018 edition of Jimei x Arles, which were conceived in partnership with The Museum of Photography, Seoul, and SongEun Art and Cultural Foundation, are on view at Three Shadows Photography Art Centre (Beijing) from January 13 to March 10, 2019.

More information: www.threeshadows.cn  

 

The 50th edition of Rencontres d’Arles, with exhibitions by Lei Lei and Pixy Liao

See you in Arles from July 1 to September 22, 2019 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Rencontres d’Arles! Young talents Lei Lei and Pixy Liao, both distinguished at Jimei x Arles 2018, will show their work among the festival’s 40 exhibitions.

The opening week will take place from July 1 to 7.

More information: www.rencontres-arles.com



In 2019, Jimei x Arles celebrates its 5th anniversary!

See you in Xiamen from November 22, 2019 to January 5, 2020.

More information: http://en.jimeiarles.com



JIMEI X ARLES THANKS ITS PARTNERS

Jimei x Arles 2018 edition just opened! Lei Lei & Pixy Liao awarded prestigious prizes

Friday afternoon, the Jimei x Arles International Photo Festival opened with an official ceremony attended by Li Qinghui, Secretary of Jimei District Committee of the Communist Party of China, He Dongning, District Chief of Jimei DistrictPeople's Government, and His Excellency Mr. Jean-Maurice Ripert, Ambassador of France in China, as well as 40 artists and 20 curators exhibiting at the festival, and 100 media, all coming from Chinese cities (Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, ) and from around the world (Paris, New York, Los Angeles, London, Geneva, Lausanne…).

            With 30 exhibitions put together by festival’s art directors Berenice Angremy and Victoria Jonathan, three different sites, and a new metro line connecting the main exhibition sites in Jimei District to Xiamen island, the organizers hope that even more visitors will come visit the festival (in 2017, the festival attracted 60,000 people). The festival kicked off with an opening weekend full of activities: roundtables, PhotoFolio reviews, exhibition tours, book signings by the artists, workshops, award ceremonies, performances and parties… 65,000 people followed the roundtables and award ceremonies live, thanks to live-streaming platforms Zai Art and Artron.

2018 Jimei x Arles Discovery Award winner: A photographer without a camera, exhibiting next year at Rencontres d’Arles  

            After Feng Li (2017), Céline Liu (2016) and Zhu Lanqing (2015), artist Lei Lei received the Jimei x Arles Discovery Award for his exhibition Weekend (curated by Dong Bingfeng). Lei Lei was chosen among ten talents of Chinese photography selected by five curators, and he will be awarded a 200,000 RMB prize and an exhibition in the 50th edition of Rencontres d’Arles in summer 2019. This year’s jury for the Discovery Award was comprised of prestigious figures in the art field: David Chau (entrepreneur, founder of CC Foundation, co-founder of 021 and Jing Art fairs), Gu Zheng (art historian and critic), inri (photographer and co-founder of Three Shadows), Sam Stourdzé (director of Rencontres d’Arles and co-founder of Jimei x Arles) and Philip Tinari (director of UCCA, Beijing).

            « My work Weekend is a video montage of images coming from old magazines, a collage of old materials, I haven’t used any camera in the creation process. Many people must think: does it count as photography? This year’s edition of the Jimei x Arles Discovery Award has opened a new breach, the festival doesn’t consider photographers and artists as dominant authoritative figures any longer, but also genuinely turns towards the public, » said Lei Lei in an interview following the award ceremony. « This year, each member of the jury first wrote down two names. We all had different choices, but we all had Lei Lei among the two names, without any prior consultation. Although no photo equipment is used in his work, he relies mainly on image and photo collages, and shows us new, unlimited possibilities for photography, » said jury member David Chau. Curator Dong Bingfeng says of the artist he nominated for the award: « Lei Lei’s work is not at all limited to photography, rather, he gives more flexibility to image creation, in accordance with our consumption and comprehension of images nowadays. »

The second edition of the first women photographers award in China: challenging cultural and gender representations      

            In 2017, Jimei x Arles and Madame Figaro launched the Jimei x Arles - Madame Figaro Women Photographers Award, honoring the work of Chinese women photographers exhibited at Jimei x Arles. Pixy Liao was awarded the second Jimei x Arles - Madame Figaro Women Photographers Award, for her exhibition Experimental Relationship (curated by Holly Roussell), a long-term photo project in which she challenges conventional ideas of gender dynamics, staging self-portraits with her Japanese husband Moro. Pixy Liao was chosen among eight artists, by a jury of six members, composed by Yael Blic-Ripert (wife of the ambassador of France, legal expert and psychologist), Cai Jinqing (CEO of Kering China), Jiang Jie (professor at the Sculpture Department of CAFA), RongRong (photographer, founder of Three Shadows Photography Art Centre and co-founder of Jimei x Arles), Jean-Sébastien Stehli (deputy chief editor of Madame Figaro) and Sam Stourdzé (director of Rencontres d’Arles and co-founder of Jimei x Arles).

            Movie actress and director Yu Feihong, who participated in a talk about the female gaze and women’s role in image-making held before the ceremony, said of the award: « I think that these young women’s works are very strong, very moving. This award is very important. It gives young women photographers a great platform, celebrating their art and their creativity. »

From left to right: Jean-Sébastien Stehli, RongRong, Sam Stourdzé, Cai Jinqing, Yaël Blic-Ripert, Pixy Liao, Yu Feihong, Liu Feifei

From left to right: Jean-Sébastien Stehli, RongRong, Sam Stourdzé, Cai Jinqing, Yaël Blic-Ripert, Pixy Liao, Yu Feihong, Liu Feifei

          Jimei x Arles International Photo Festival will last until 2 January, 2019, showcasing 8 exhibitions from Rencontres d’Arles, 17 exhibitions of Chinese photography and 3 exhibitions of South Korean photography. Until December 15, submit your best photos of Xiamen’s culinary specialty to the Sandworm Jelly Photo Contest and get a chance to have your photo included in the Anything That Walks show curated by Ruben Lundgren and Timothy Prus! Young photographers will have an opportunity to participate in photo workshops given by artists such as Hai Jie and Feng Li every weekend during the festival.

More information and tickets: www.jimeiarles.com

OPENING WEEKEND SCHEDULE PROGRAMME ANNOUNCED!

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From November 23 to November 25, the Opening Weekend of 2018 Jimei x Arles International Photo Festival will offer photography lovers a range of events and activities: exhibition tours guided by artists and curators, book signings, Photo Conversations, PhotoFolio reviews by 15 experts, workshops, performances, parties and award ceremonies!

2018 Jimei x Arles Programme Announced!

The program of the 2018 edition of Jimei x Arles has been released during the festival’s press conference at Three Shadows Beijing on September 25.

View of the press conference

View of the press conference

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Tang Jinfu   Deputy directeur of the Public Relations Department of the CPC Jimei District Committee

Tang Jinfu

Deputy directeur of the Public Relations Department of the CPC Jimei District Committee

Robert Lacombe   Counsellor for Cooperation and Cultural Affairs of the French Embassy

Robert Lacombe

Counsellor for Cooperation and Cultural Affairs of the French Embassy

Rong Rong   Photographer and founder of Three Shadows Photography Art Centre/ Co-founder of Jimei × Arles International Photo Festival

Rong Rong

Photographer and founder of Three Shadows Photography Art Centre/ Co-founder of Jimei × Arles International Photo Festival

Bérénice Angremy   Art Director of 2018 Jimei × Arles International Photo Festival

Bérénice Angremy

Art Director of 2018 Jimei × Arles International Photo Festival

Victoria Jonathan   Art Director of 2018 Jimei× Arles International Photo Festival

Victoria Jonathan

Art Director of 2018 Jimei× Arles International Photo Festival

Guo Yingguang   Artist, Winner of the 1st Jimei x Arles – Madame Figaro Women Photographers Award in 2017

Guo Yingguang

Artist, Winner of the 1st Jimei x Arles – Madame Figaro Women Photographers Award in 2017

INTERNSHIP | 2018 JIMEI X ARLES INTERNATIONAL PHOTO FESTIVAL

2018 Jimei x Arles international photo festival will be held from November 23rd 2018 to January 2nd 2019, in Xiamen, China. Jimei x Arles International Photo Festival was created in 2015 in Xiamen by Sam Stourdzé, the director of Rencontres d’Arles, and Chinese photographer RongRong, founder of Three Shadows Photography Art Centre (Beijing and Xiamen). The festival features international artists selected from Rencontres d’Arles alongside Chinese and Asian photography talents, and has attracted more than 160,000 visitors since its inception.

The festival is waiting for you! We will work together to surprise Xiamen, China and the whole world with marvelous exhibitions and creative events during the opening week.

Many positions are open now for photography and art lovers:

Please send your resume to: carine@doors-agency.com. Please use the following format on the subject: Position+ your name + phone number; Please state in the e-mail the earliest time you can start working.


Communication assistant

Number: 1-2

Description:

⁃ Collect and organize the texts and photos related to the exhibition

⁃ Assist to manage the translation and proofreading of all the texts

⁃ Assist the communication manager to follow up the festival’s communication plan (digital + media relations)

⁃ Coordinate the photo shooting and the written record of the PR activities such as the press conference

⁃ Assist the communication manager to manage the media list, prepare the press conference and coordinate the awards ceremony

Requirements:

⁃ Be able to work in both Chinese and English (spoken & written), preference for other languages (French).

⁃ Preference for editing experience

⁃ Patient and organized, good communication and teamwork skills

⁃ Good at MS Office

Internship duration: 

July-December, 5 days a week.

Location: July-October, 798 Art district, Beijing; October-end of November, Three Shadows Xiamen (Accommodation in Xiamen will be arranged by Three Shadows, and travel expenses to Xiamen are reimbursed)

Paid internship.


Production assistant

Number: 1-2

Description:

⁃ Coordinate with curators and artists and collect all material related to exhibition production

⁃ Coordinate the production and transport of photos and other materials related to exhibitions 

⁃ Coordinate the set up of exhibitions, onsite coordination and removal of exhibitions 

⁃ Coordinate the events during the opening week

⁃ Assist the reception of curators and artists during the opening week

Requirements:

⁃ Be able to work in both Chinese and English (spoken & written), preference for other languages (French or Korean).

⁃ Preference for photo production and exhibition set-up experience

⁃ Patient and organized, good communication and teamwork skills, and Good Performance under certain pressure

⁃ Good at MS Office

Internship duration: 

September-December, 5 days a week.

Location: July-October, 798 Art district, Beijing; October-end of November, Three Shadows Xiamen (Accommodation in Xiamen will be arranged by Three Shadows, and travel expenses to Xiamen are reimbursed)

Paid internship.


Event assistant

Number: 1-2

Description:

⁃ Assist the management of all the events during the opening week: contact local partners and organizers, plan the opening weed program, and coordinate events

⁃ Seek the events partners and service providers

⁃ Assist to manage the schedule of all VIP guests: invitation of VIP guests, confirm the travel information, set up the schedule, and guests reception

⁃ Assist to recruit and train volunteers for the festival

Requirements:

⁃ Be able to work in both Chinese and English (spoken & written), preference for other languages (French).

⁃ Preference for experience in organizing large-scale events

⁃ Patient and organized, good communication and teamwork skills, and Good Performance under certain pressure

⁃ Good at MS Office

Internship duration: 

September-December, 5 days a week.

Location: July-October, 798 Art district, Beijing; October-end of November, Three Shadows Xiamen (Accommodation in Xiamen will be arranged by Three Shadows, and travel expenses to Xiamen are reimbursed)

Paid internship.

Rencontres d’Arles and China: save the date for Jimei x Arles this fall!

The press conference of the Rencontres d'Arles and the overseas conference of the 2018 Jimei x Arles International Photo Festival are officially held on the July 4th, 2018. 

The fourth edition of Jimei x Arles photo festival will take place in Xiamen from November 23 to January 2!

Co-created in 2015 by Chinese pioneer photographer RongRong (also the founder of China’s first ever photography museum Three Shadows Photography Art Centre) and Sam Stourdzé, the director of the world’s most important international photo festival, Rencontres d’Arles (France), Jimei x Arles has become an unmissable event for photo lovers in China in just three years, and attracted more than 160,000 visitors (60,000 in 2017).

View of the 2017 Jimei x Arles Festival

View of the 2017 Jimei x Arles Festival

Co-produced by Three Shadows Photography Art Centre and Xiamen’s Jimei District - Tianxia Jimei Media, the festival’s art direction is ensured by Bérénice Angremy and Victoria Jonathan, co-founders of art & culture agency Doors. During his first official visit to China in January 2019, French President Emmanuel Macron recognized Jimei x Arles festival as an example of Sino-French cultural cooperation.

View of the 2017 Jimei x Arles Festival

View of the 2017 Jimei x Arles Festival

The festival takes place in Xiamen, formerly known as Amoy, 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 and a few venues in the city center.

Every year, a selection of exhibitions from Rencontres d’Arles travel to China. After Joel Meyerowitz, Toilet Paper, Mathieu Pernot, Audrey Tautou, Blank Paper, the 66 photographers from Iran - Year 38 and Paolo Woods and Gabriele Galimberti, in 2018 Jimei x Arles will exhibit:

- The Imaginary Pyramids by René Burri

- Being Human by William Wegman

- Lee McQueen – The Unfinished by Ann Ray

- H+ by Matthieu Gafsou

- A Pillar of Smoke – A Look at Turkey’s Contemporary Scene

- One exhibition from the New Discovery Award

- The 2018 Book Awards

Ever since its beginning, the festival has been a platform for new Chinese photography. Every year, ten talents are nominated for the Jimei x Arles Discovery Award. At stake is an award of 200,000 RMB (25,000 Euros) and an exhibition at the prestigious Rencontres d’Arles the following summer. After Zhu Lanqing (2015) and Céline Liu (2016), in 2017 the prize was awarded to Feng Li, with his series White Night begun 12 years ago on the streets of Chengdu. Feng Li’s work will be shown during the 49th Rencontres d’Arles (2 July to 23 September), along with Guo Yingguang’s (The Bliss of Conformity), a nominee for the award and the winner of the first Chinese award dedicated to Chinese female photographers, the Jimei x Arles - Madame Figaro China Women Photographers Award (supported by Kering – Women in Motion).

A dozen other exhibitions will showcase the vitality of the Chinese and Asian photography scenes. After Japan, Hong Kong and Indonesia, in 2018 Jimei x Arles will dedicate a section of the festival to South Korean photography.

Download the press release

2018 Jimei x Arles | Call for curatorial projects

2018 Jimei x Arles International Photo Festival launched its first public call for curatorial projects. It is intended for curators wishing to produce an unprecedented exhibition project with a relationship to Chinese photography.  

Jimei x Arles features more than 30 exhibitions arranged in different sections: exhibitions from Rencontres d’Arles, China Pulse, Crossover Photography, Jimei x Arles Discovery Award, Collector’s Tale, Local Action and a special focus on an Asian country.

In 2018, Jimei x Arles is launching a call for curatorial projects for its China Pulse and Crossover Photography sections. It is open to all exhibition curators specialized in Chinese photography.

China Pulse is a series of exhibitions curated by China photography specialists. It aims at taking the pulse of current trends in Chinese photography. Whether collective or individual, the exhibition project shall refer to the photography medium in its diversity of forms (print, digital, video…).

Crossover Photography section invites curators to show the possibilities of photography on different media (print, video, digital, objects…) and in crossing cultural contexts. The project can be a collective or individual exhibition.

Each exhibition has a maximum space of 200-230 square meters, located in the main festival venue (Jimei Citizen Center).

Additionally, Jimei x Arles festival will cover travel expenses within China for the curator and one of the artists participating in the exhibition to attend the festival’s opening on November 23-25.
The chosen projects will be part of the 2018 festival exhibition program (November 23 to January 2).

Download the rules of participation.
 

THE PROGRAM OF LES RENCONTRES D'ARLES 2018 is OUT!

The program of Les Rencontres d'Arles 2018 ( 02 July - 23 September) is out !

The winner of Jimei x Arles Discovery Award 2017 Feng Li and the winner of Jimei x Arles - Madame Figaro Women Photographers Award Guo Yingguang will participate in this year's Rencontres d'Arles. 

Check the press release !

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WOMEN AWARD WINNER GUO YINGGUANG'S PHOTO SERIES FOR MADAME FIGARO

In 2017, Jimei x Arles International Photography Festival co-created with Madame Figaro the first Chinese photography award dedicated to women photographers: Jimei x Arles - Madame Figaro Women Photographers Award, highlighting the work of a Chinese women photographers exhibited at Jimei x Arles. The winner is awarded 50,000 RMB and the opportunity to shoot a photo series for Madame Figaro China. This award is supported by Women in Motion, an international programme launched in 2015 by luxury group Kering. The young photographer Guo Yingguang won the prize with her series The Bliss of Comformity about arranged marriages.

Guo Yingguang's photo series for Madame Figaro was published in their March 2018 issue.  See some photos below!

This summer, Guo Yingguang will participate in Rencontres d'Arles 2018.

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Find out more about Guo Yingguang in this recent interview by Chinese video media Yitiao, where she tells about the story behind her photography project.

Watch the video

The Ultimate Luxury with 2017 Jimei x Arles Festival

Hantang Culture made two video reports especially for 2017 Jimei x Arles. Over 46 TV channels and several main airports have broadcasted their videos. Audiences can also check the reports online at Youku.com (Fashion Channel). So far, over 1.4 million people have watched the videos.

EP 1: Overview  

short preview, for full version, please click Ep 1 Overview

Five Things to See, Five Reports to Read

Recently, Photography of China posted five reports about Jimei x Arles International Photo Festival written by Marine Cabos. The reports covered topics like Overview of the Festival,  Discovery Award, Women Photographer Award, an interview with Sam Stourdzé, Collector's Tale and photo book station etc. 

 

Day 1: Three To See

"The third instalment of the Jimei x Arles International Photography Festival opened its doors on Saturday 25th November 2017. The heavy rain didn’t stop the swarm of medias and people from attending this rather new but nonetheless important rendez-vous of the photographic creation in dialogue between France and China."

Joel Meyerowitz' works at Three Shadows Xiamen Photography Art Centre, exhibition view © Marine Cabos

Joel Meyerowitz' works at Three Shadows Xiamen Photography Art Centre, exhibition view © Marine Cabos

Sam Stourdzé speaking to local media at Jimei Citizen Square main exhibition hall © Marine Cabos

Sam Stourdzé speaking to local media at Jimei Citizen Square main exhibition hall © Marine Cabos

"    How Jimei x Arles festival evolved since its advent in 2015?

S.S.: If Les Rencontres d’Arles has been existing for the last 48 years, Jimei x Arles festival is only three years old. So it’s perhaps slightly too early to evaluate it now, it seems difficult to delineate the evolution, we are still at the beginning of our project. What I can tell you is that year after year, more and more medias are covering the event, the overall audience grows wider, and we continuously increase the exhibitions’ level of demand and quality. "

 

 Day 3: Huang Jianpeng's Collection of Vintage Photos

Lan Zhigui, Fine Day After Rainfall, Lhasa, 1956, Darkroom developed, salt paper print, collection quality, signed by the photographer, limited print 6/29, 2009. Courtesy of Huang Jianpeng Gallery 黄建鹏画廊

Lan Zhigui, Fine Day After Rainfall, Lhasa, 1956, Darkroom developed, salt paper print, collection quality, signed by the photographer, limited print 6/29, 2009. Courtesy of Huang Jianpeng Gallery 黄建鹏画廊

Jimei x Arles Festival was not only about the contemporary world, but it also gave voice to historical images from China. Of particular relevance was the photographer and collector Huang Jianpeng’s 黄建鹏 exhibition that showcased three major Chinese photographers active in China from the 1920s to the 1950s, namely Lang Jingshan 郎靜山, Lan Zhigui 蓝志贵 and Xue Zijiang 薛子江.

 

Day 4: Discovery and Madame Figaro Awards Winners

View of the Library at Three Shadows Xiamen Photography Art Centre © Marine Cabos

View of the Library at Three Shadows Xiamen Photography Art Centre © Marine Cabos

Worry not! Replay our livestream programs anytime, anywhere!

1 guided exhibition tour and 3 talks were broadcasted online by NetEase and ZaiArt app during Opening Week. Now, if you were not in Xiamen at that time, don't worry, scan the QR codes below and check out the programs online anytime, anywhere you want.

Exhibition Tour

On 25th November, Bérénice Angremy, Sam Stourdzé and RongRong guided an exhibition tour at the main venue of the festival. So far, 70039 audiences have watched this program online.

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Click the picture and get access to the video at NetEase

Click the picture and get access to the video at NetEase

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Talks

This year, we invited curators, artists and experts to give 3 talks focused on different topics and aspects. ZaiArt app provided the online live streaming for us. Over 12 000 audiences have watched the programs.

Is this Photography? Image production in China today

Whether they are using archive, manipulating advertising images, or images published by internet and social media users, photographers are no longer simply the person behind the camera clicking the shutter button. The image can either be shot, reproduced, copied, edited… While a number of photographic artists have begun to borrow imagery from the public, at the same time the consumer society is producing images that are absorbing photographic art forms. This talk will question the relation between art and commerce photographers' works and the explosion of image consumption and production in China today. 

Moderator: He Yining.

Speakers: He JingDu XiyunWang Qi, Xiang ZhenhuaWu DingWang Haiqing.

In Mandarin. 

Live streaming at ZaiArt App:

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The emergence of photographers’ collectives. Is there strength in unity?

 

This year, Jimei x Arles International Photo Festival shows the work of three photographic collectives: Blank Paper, which emerged in Madrid (Spain) in the early 2000s at a time of profound economic crisis; Ruang MES 56, an artist-run space established in Yogyakarta (Indonesia) in 2002; the real (nominated for 2017 Jimei x Arles Discovery Award), a recently established trio of Chinese photographers born in the 1990s, whose work explores the frontier of performance and photography. This talk is an opportunity to discuss the strategies that lead artists who unite in photographic collectives - a group of photographers working together under the same name - in their struggle against a world in crisis, both economically and socially, in which photography drowns in a mass of images while the identity of an artist arises or disappears according to modes and policies.

Moderator: Nataline Colonnello

Speakers: Blank Paper (Sonia Berger, Julian Baron, David Hornillos)、Ruang MES 56 (Wimo Ambala Bajang), Nie Xiaoyi.

In English. 

Live streaming at ZaiArt App:

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Photography, history and memory

Photographers can be "doctors" who uncover and observe different kinds of phantom pains, by appropriating forgotten images and plots from the past, as curator Shen Chen puts it in his exhibition Phantom Pain Clinic, confronting the works of contemporary artists from all horizons on historical events or characters such as Hiroshima, the Nazi Germany’s siege of Leningrad or Sun Yat-sen. Photographers can also be witnesses of their own time, by recording political and social change, by reflecting history in the making - like Lan Zhigui in Tibet in the 1960s and 1970s, or photographers from Blank Paper (Stories of the Immediate Present) and Ruang MES 56 (Alhamdullilah We Made It about the refugee crisis) nowadays. This talk will discuss how artists use photographic images in order to explore questions of history and memory.

Moderator: Tang Zehui.

Speakers: Shen ChenYoshikatsu Fujii, Wimo Ambala Bajang (Ruang MES 56), Wu ShixiongThomas Sauvin.

In English and Chinese

Live streaming at ZaiArt App:

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You weren't there? Check the playback of Opening Week in Jimei X Arles

2017 Jimei X Arles International Photo Festival now opens to the public from Nov. 25, 2017 to Jan. 8, 2018.

This year, the festival includes 2 main exhibition halls, 10 sites, 40 exhibitions and about 250 artists. During the Opening Week (Nov. 25 to 28), several exhibition tours, ceremonies and talks  were held in Xiamen. If you miss our wonderful activities at that time, don't worry! Just scan the QR codes below and play them back again.

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November 25th 

Media Preview

10:00-12:00AM

Guided by curators and artists

Jimei Citizen Square Exhibition Hall

Opening Ceremony

3:00 PM-3:45 PM

Jimei Citizen Square Exhibition Hall

Exhibition Opening Guided Tour

3:45-5:30 PM

Threeshadows (Xiamen)Photography Art Center

Piano Performance

5:30PM--5:50PM

Threeshadows (Xiamen)Photography Art Center

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Jimei X Arles Discovery Award Ceremony

2017 Jimei X Arles Discovery Award Winner —— Feng Li

2017 Jimei X Arles Discovery Award Special Winner —— Siu Wai Hang

6:00 PM-6:50 PM

Jimei Citizen Square Exhibition Hall

Photo Book Station

9:35AM-5:30 PM,Daily

Threeshadows (Xiamen)Photography Art Center

‘Arles Night of the Year’ screening@Tianmu Hotspring

9:30 PM-11:00 PM

Tianmu Hotspring

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November 26th

Talk:“Is this Photography? Image production in China today”

10:10 AM-11:40 PM

Threeshadows (Xiamen)Photography Art Center

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Photofolio Review 1

10:10 AM-12:00 PM

Threeshadows (Xiamen)Photography Art Center

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Exhibition Tour:Mathieu Pernot The Gorgans and Feng Li

1:30 PM-2:00 PM

Jimei Citizen Square Exhibition Hall

Local Action Opening Ceremony:VISUALITY IS THE SCENE OF NEGLIGENCE

2:30 PM-4:30 PM

Zhongjun Tower,Siming Cinema

Jimei X Arles —— MADAME FIGARO CHINA WOMEN PHOTOGRAPHERS AWARD

6:00 PM-7:30 PM

Wind Hotel

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PECHAKUCHA NIGHT

7:30 PM-9:30 PM

Threeshadows (Xiamen)Photography Art Center

Arles Night of the Year’ screening@DaSoho

8:00 PM-9:30 PM

DaSoho Art Map

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‘New Asian Scenery’ film screenings@Threeshadows Xiamen

9:45 PM-11:45 PM

Threeshadows (Xiamen)Photography Art Center

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November 27th

Talk:“The emergence of photographers’ collectives. Is there strength in unity?”

10:10 AM-11:40 PM

Threeshadows (Xiamen)Photography Art Center

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Photofolio Review 2

10:10 AM-12:00 PM

Threeshadows (Xiamen)Photography Art Center

Talk by Lang Yuwen and Huang Jianpeng

1:00 PM-2:00 PM

Threeshadows (Xiamen)Photography Art Center

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Photofolio Review 3

1:40 PM-3:30 PM

Threeshadows (Xiamen)Photography Art Center

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Talk: “Photography, history and memory”

2:00 PM-3:30 PM

Threeshadows (Xiamen)Photography Art Center

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Local Action —— After the Ebb Opening Ceremony

4:30 PM-6:30 PM

Wind Hotel

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After Party

9:00 PM-11:00 PM

Shapowei

 

 

November 28th

Local Action —— DaSoho exhibition tour

10:00 AM-12:00 PM

Jimeixuecun

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Local Action —— City Thinking Guide Tour

2:00 PM-3:00 PM

Huaqiao University, Institute of overseas Chinese/international relations

Guo Yingguang won the Women Photographers Award

2017 Jimei x Arles -- Madame Figaro China Women Photographers Award announced its winner in Nov. 26. Guo Yingguang and her work The Bliss of Conformity won the prize.

LIST OF NOMINEES FOR THE 2017 JIMEI X ARLES - MADAME FIGARO WOMEN PHOTOGRAPHERS AWARD

JURY COMPOSITION

  • Sam Stourdzé, director of Rencontres d'Arles and co-founder of Jimei x Arles International Photo Festival
  • RongRong, photographer, founder of Three Shadows Photography Art Centre and co-founder of Jimei x Arles International Photo Festival
  • Anais Martane-Liu, photographer
  • Ms Min, Xiamen-based fashion designer
  • Jean-Sébastien Stehli, chief editor of Madame Figaro France
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Creativity and photography belong to the history of international women's magazine Madame Figaro: for 37 years, the world's best photographers have collaborated with the magazine, and not only for fashion series.

At the ceremony, Sam Stourdzé said, “This is the third Jimei x Arles International Photo Festival and its influence has rapidly increased. This women photographer Awards has developed a new dimension for the festival." French Madame Figaro editor in chief Jean-Sébastien Stehli mentioned in his speech that he was impressed by the six candidates and it's hard to choose one as the winner. He has also shared the history of this award in France.

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Jimei x Arles - Madame Figaro Women Photographers Award is supported by Women in Motion, an international programme launched in 2015 by luxury group Kering to showcase the contribution of women to the film and image industry. Charlotte Judet, Vice President Communications at Kering Group, said, " Kering Group has always supported women photographers and their works; this award is an encouragement for Chinese female photographers."

The jury members visited the exhibition and listened to the candidates' introduction to the works. After discussing with each other, they presented this award to Guo Yingguang. Guo Yingguang (born 1983) began her photographic career with Reuters, China Daily, and other media groups. Moving on to the artistic world, her creations revolve around social problems in contemporary China: women on the shelf, arranged marriages, and pseudo-intimacy between the husbands and wives who are the victims of such marriages. She uses image creation to express emotions that connect to her past. Her combination of photography and printmaking aims for melancholia, delicacy, and abstraction.

The laureate of the Jimei x Arles - Madame Figaro Women Photographers Award will be awarded 50,000 RMB and the opportunity to shoot a photo series for Madame Figaro China.

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2017 Jimei X Arles Discovery Award Winner Announced

After long-time discussion from the jury members, photographer Feng Li won the 2017 Jimei X Arles Discovery Award. He will be awarded 200,000 RMB prize and an exhibition in 2018 Rencontres d’Arles. In the meantime, Siu Wai Hang was awarded Special Mention from the jury.

The Jury Members are:

Inri:photographer, Co-founder of Three Shadows Photography Art Center

Charles Jin: the chair of the board of French photo agency Sipa Press. 

Sam Stourdzé:Rencontres d'Arles Director

Wang Huangsheng:Former Director of CAFA Art Museum

Bérénice Angremy : 2017 Jimei X Arles International Photo Festival Director 

The festival director Ms Bérénice Anremy hosted the Award Ceremony. Mr. Wang Huangsheng announced the Special Mention from the jury members. In the end, the award winner was announced by Mr. Sam Stourdzé.

2017 Jimei X Arles Discovery Award Winner:

Feng Li (nominated by Thomas Sauvin)

2017 Jimei X Arles Special Mention:

Siu Wai Hang (nominated by Tang Zehui)

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Feng Li expressed his gratitude to the juries after being awarded the prize. He especially thanked Rongrong and Inri for their hard work in establishing Three Shadows Photography Art Center, which has contributed a lot to the development of comteporary Chinese photography. He said, "Even if I live in Sichuan province, however, I was nominated for Three Shadows Photography prize, and received lots of help. After all, I have to thank my curator Thomas Sauvin very much. " 

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Words from Thomas Sauvin:

Feng Li is the man of one series, White Night, which he has worked on for more than 10 years. All his talent, flair, and technique, are deployed in one and the same work, intimately tied to his daily life. If some practice photography as if it were like hunting, one can say that Feng Li practices it more like calligraphy or morning taichi. Like a sportsman or musician who repeats a movement 100 or 1000 times, Feng Li takes daily pictures in Chengdu. Skilled at shooting very intuitive street photos, he wanders the city, delicately capturing the city's human fauna in all its incredible postures.

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Feng Li, from the series  White Night , 2007, courtesy of the artist

Feng Li, from the series White Night, 2007, courtesy of the artist

His photos tend to show chance encounters with an improbable cast of reality, its shopping streets, parks and restaurants. It seems that Feng Li is most at ease at close range rather than going on distant adventures, and it is almost in spite of himself that strange creatures find themselves stuck on his view finder. Feng Li has an eye only for the everyday and it is without effort that he discovers the most unusual scenes of the ordinary spectacle of life. Starlets in mini skirts, old ladies in fake fur, aimless street sleepers, a multicoloured parrot, he pins down unique characters who all, in their own ways, seem to play a part in the great fiction of ordinary life.

A Platform for the New Chinese Photography Scene | Conversation at Shanghai PhotoFairs

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Saturday, September 9

11.30 - 12.15 am | A Platform for the New Chinese Photography Scene

Moderator | Cao Dan, publisher of LEAP and The Art Newspaper China (Modern Media)
Speakers | Sam Stourdzé (Director of festival Rencontres d'Arles (France), co-founder of Jimei x Arles International Photo Festival), Rong Rong (Photographer, founder of Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, co-founder of Jimei x Arles International Photo Festival), Bérénice Angremy (Director of Jimei x Arles International Photo Festival, co-founder of Doors 门艺 Art & Culture Agency), Li Bo (Photographer), Wang Tuo (Artist)

As part of the Shanghai PhotoFairs Conversations programme.

More information: http://photofairs.org/shanghai/en/public-program-shanghai-2017-en/conversations.html

Press conference at Shanghai PhotoFairs on September 7!

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Jimei x Arles International Photo Festival invites you to their Shanghai press conference at the Residence of the Consul General of France.

Thursday, September 7 from 10 to 11 am

Media registration: 9.30am

The press conference will be followed by a French breakfast (from 11am to noon)

 

Location: Residence of the Consul General of France in Shanghai

1431 Huaihai Middle Rd, Xuhui District, Shanghai

 

RSVP before Monday, September 4th at: menyi@doors-agency.com