Official announcement | Curators of the 2019 Jimei x Arles Discovery Award

Each year Jimei x Arles International Photography Festival announces the Jimei x Arles Discovery Award, featuring 10 talented Chinese photographers nominated by five different curators. The winner of the award will receive a prize of 200,000 RMB and will be invited to participate in the Rencontres d’Arles photo festival in France the following year.

This year's list of curators who will be a part of the artist screening process include the following: Cai Liyuan, Han Xinyi, Shi Hantao, Song Zhenxi, Wang Huan.

Curator's Introduction

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Cai Liyuan

Born 1985 in Panzhihua. Lives and works in Chendu.

Cai Liyuan received a BA degree from Southwestern University in Finance and Economics, and a MA degree in Art and Design from Art College of Sichuan University. Since 2010, she has been the curatorial assistant and junior curator of A4 Contemporary Arts Center. Since 2017, she holds the post of curator and is formally in charge of the Exhibition& Academic Department of LUXELAKES·A4 Art Museum. Now, she is mainly responsible for the International Artists in Residence Program, in addition to planning and executing the program’s contemporary art exhibition project. She has been continuously investigating it and researching for it around the world to enhance the exchange and cooperation between different cultures and organizations.

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Han Xinyi

Born 1988 in Shiyan, Hubei. Lives and works in Beijing.

Han Liya is a curator and writer. She received her BA from Tongji University in Culture Industry Management and her MA in curatorial study at China Academy of Art. She currently works at the UCCA Center for Contemporary Art. In March 2016, she co-founded Salt Projects curatorial studio. Her curatorial and writing practice focuses on penetrating and responding to false beliefs or Doxa in our daily life.


Shi Hantao

Born 1973 in Shanghai, China. Lives and works in Shanghai.

He received his master’s degree in the Arts Administration and Policy at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Shi is currently the Chief Coordinator of the 12th Shanghai Biennale. In the past two decades he has previously worked at EPSON Image Space, Rockbund Art Museum, Chronus Art Center, Ray Art Centerand the Shanghai Project. His writing and translation work cover the fields of photography, contemporary art, and institutional studies.

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Song Zhenxi

Born 1985 Wuhan, China. Lives and works in Hangzhou.

Song Zhenxi is an independent curator,scholar of art criticism, and a PhD candidate in the School of Intermedia Art(SIMA) from the China Academy of Art. In 2008, he obtained a bachelor's degree in Art History from the China Academy of Art and a master's degree in the Institute of Contemporary Art and Social Thought from the China Academy of Artin 2012. He is currently a researcher at the Exhibition of Cultural Studies at the China Academy of Art, director of the Curation Department of the Urban Research and Development Center of the China Academy of Art, and an academic advisor at the CAEA Art Museum of the Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts. He is also the founderof the Art Bureau of Investigation (ABI).

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Wang Huan

Born 1991 Chengde,Hebei. Lives and works in Beijing.

Wang Huan is a Beijing-based writer and curator. He has tried practicing a kind of anti-stylistic writing and has published a series of art reviews in various public media platforms such as ARTFORUM, LEAP Magazine, Jiazazhi Magazine, ArtWorld Magazine, ARTSHARD and Ray Art Center’s Reviews. He won first place in the 5th International Award for Art Criticism (IAAC) in 2018. He won the PSA 2019 Emerging Curators Project with the curatorial proposal“Sunset on a Dead End: The Notorious and Their Inexplicable Modes of Existence” in 2019. His curatorial project “The Story of Finding Differences” was short listed for the OCAT Institute “Research-based Curatorial Project” in 2019. 

He has also curated a list of exhibitions including: “Objects That Have Been Intruded”(2016, Jimei x Arles International Photography Festival), “Finalist Exhibition of 2016 New Talents Award” (2017, Chronus Art Center, 2017), “The Port and the Image: Documenting China’s Harbor Cities”(2017, China Port Museum), “We Will Come and Go, in the Forest”(2019, Inside-Out Art Museum), etc.   

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Note: Curators are ranked in alphabetical order by last name.

We eagerly anticipate the selection of artists to be nominated by the 5 curators ! The final list of candidates will be publically announced in September, so stay tuned !