Zhang Kechun (born 1980 in Sichuan, China) is an artist currently based in Chengdu. This week, he is taking over Photography of China Instagram account and is posting some of his past and current works. His artworks will be shown at PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai from 21-23 September 2018 at Shanghai Exhibition Center. Feel free to drop by!
A recap of our Summer 2018.
Hope you had a good break this Summer! We are back with our regular visual stories feeds from our platform. We start by a series of articles about PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai, the major art fair dedicated to photography in Shanghai that will open at the Shanghai Exhibition Center from September 21-23, 2018.
We will be back after summer break. Enjoy the holidays!
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).
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.
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 works are currently 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.
More information: www.en.jimeiarles.com
Watch the exclusive interview of Ou Zhihang.
"The Bliss of Conformity" by Yingguang GUO
Limited edition of 800 copies, 47€
Velour cover, 287mm x 205mm x 14mm, 86 pages
Photographs in black&white and colors
The boyfriend’s parents can’t accept her age after all, and their relationship ended there. That’s how Chinese photographer Yingguang Guo (b. 1983) became single at the age of 33, a “left-over woman”, considered by the eyes of contemporary Chinese society. Burdened by all of the questions she could not find answers to, Guo went to the People’s Park in Shanghai to perform as her own “matchmaker”, holding a sign with her own accomplishments, while the parents come sniffing around to assess her suitability for their children.
In addition to being a place of relaxation, Shanghai People’s Park is also a well-known market for matchmaking that has been in existence for ten years. Hundreds of parents gather there every weekend regardless of weather, clutching succinct summaries of their children on single information sheets that contain their age, height, education, job, salary etc. all in an effort to find an “acceptable” partner for their child to marry.
By photographing daily scenes and details of personal adds at the matchmaking corner, Guo also uses photo-etching techniques to create a series of abstract images that reveal the turbulent truths of arranged marriages beneath the seemingly calm surface depicted by peaceful images of the park, such as traditional intergenerational relationships and views of marriage, as well as discrimination against the so-called “left-over women”.
This publication was spotted at "La Maison de Z", an on-going project focusing on Chinese contemporary photography and independent publications. Founded by French-Chinese artist Zhen Shi in 2015, the project allows a growing audience the discovery of the most recent works of emerging Chinese artists.
Guo signed her publication on Thursday 5th July at Cosmos Arles Books. She has also an exhibition at the Maison des Lices, which is coproduced with the Jimei x Arles International Photo Festival.
Fashion Eye Shanghai - Wing Shya
Book edited by Patrick Rémy, 50€
23.5 cm x 30.5 cm
Printed on opaque coating paper
The “Louis Vuitton Fashion Eye” collection evokes a city, region or country through the eye of a fashion photographer. “Fashion Eye” establishes a dialogue between emerging talents, seasoned photographers and fashion photography legends. This volume offers a unique vision of Shanghai by Wing Shya, where he lives part time. He serves as exclusive photographer for Wong-Kar-wai (Happy Together, In the Mood for Love, Eros, 2046). At the crossroads of art, fashion and cinema, Wing Shya develops an aesthetic approach that is all about sensuality and style.
More information: www.rencontres-arles.com