The third Jimei xArles 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 theTaiwan 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 Rencontresd’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 itsinception 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 & CultureAgency), co-founder of art festivals DIAF (2004-2007) and CaochangdiPhotospring – Arles in Beijing (2010-2012), and former cultural attaché at theFrench embassy in China (2012-2017).
Influential figures of the Chinese art world are consultants for the 2017 edition of the festival: Gu Zheng, Huang Rui, inri, Charles Jin, Juan I-Jong, Li Zhenhua,Karen Smith, Wang Huangsheng, Wang Jun.
The 2017 festival will boast the works of more than 250 artists from the United States, France,Iran, Spain, the Netherlands, Indonesia, and of course China. The festival’saim of providing a platform for new Chinese photography has once again beenre-affirmed with several exhibitions showcasing young Chinese photographers andcurators.
The 40 exhibitionsof 2017 Jimei x Arles attest to the diversity of photographic approaches andpractices, and will include:
8 exhibitions fromRencontres d’Arles 2017: Early Works by Joel Meyerowitz,Superfacial by Audrey Tautou, The Gorgans by Mathieu Pernot, Iran: Year 38 with66 Iranian photographers, Stories of the Immediate Present by the Spanishcollective Blank Paper, Retracing Our Steps, Fukushima Exclusion Zone -2011-2016 by New Discovery Award Winners – Carlos Ayesta & Guillaume Bression (presented by Le 247 gallery), The Parallele State by New DiscoveryAward Nominee – Guy Martin (presented by nineteensixtyeight Gallery), The 2017Book Awards;
3 China Pulse exhibitions curated by young Chinese curators and Chinaphotography specialists: Uncertain Traces (curated by Du Xiyun), To be an imagemaker (curated by He Jing), BrokenIce: 160118-170811 (curated by RubenLundgren); A Crossover Photography exhibition curated by Shen Chen, PhantomPain Clinic;
10 Jimei x Arles Discovery Award nominees picked by five youngcurators: Guo Yingguang and Jiang Yuxin (curated by He Yining), Shao Wenhuanand Yu Mo (curated by Liu Tian), Deng Yun and the real (curated by Nie Xiaoyi),Yu Feifei and Siu Wai Hang (curated by Tang Zehui), Feng Li and Sun Yanchu(curated by Thomas Sauvin). The winner of the 2017 Jimei x Arles Discovery Award will be awarded a 200,000 RMB prize and an exhibition in 2018 Rencontresd’Arles;
7 Local Action programs featuring Xiamen curators and artists:After the Ebb curated by Chen Wei, Visuality is the Scene of Negligence curatedby Wang Qi, Lu Yanjin's Sister curated by Huang Rui, DaSoHo Project curated byKong Yan, City Thinking curated by Lei Yuting, Houtian Project;
A solo show of Chinese photography master Wang Wusheng, curated byRongRong & inri;
3 "Greetings from Indonesia" exhibitions showcasing thevitality of contemporary Indonesian photography, with works by Oscar Motulohand Ruang MES 56;
A Collector’s Tale exhibition showing collector Huang Jianpeng'sChinese photography treasures, namely the works of Chinese photography pioneersChin-San Long, Xue Zijiang and Lan Zhigui.
Jimei x Arles aims at strengthening its role as a platform for photography inAsia. Along with the exhibition program, a number of events are organized forphotography professionals, art lovers and the public during the Opening Week(November 25-28): Photobook Station, PhotoFolio Reviews, public discussionsabout photography, the ‘Arles Night of the Year’ screenings, university lectures, performances, and exhibition tours guided by artists and curators.
Aside from theJimei x Arles Discovery Award, the festival has created this year a special prize rewarding a woman photographer: the Jimei x Arles – Madame Figaro China Women Photographers Award, co-organized with women's magazine Madame Figaro,with the support of Women in Motion, an international programme launched in2015 by luxury group Kering to showcase the contribution of women to the filmand image industry.
With two mainsites in Xiamen’s Jimei District and several other sites in the city, thefestival aims to connect and animate separated cultural areas and spaces, torelay and promulgate different art forms through the city.
Jimei x Arles International Photo Festival is co-produced by Xiamen’s Jimei District -Tianxia Jimei Media and Three Shadows Photography Art Centre.