Three Shadows launched its Artist-in-Residence Program in 2008. In the 11 years since, we have hosted more than 40 photographers from all over the world in our spaces at Three Shadows Beijing and Xiamen. Our program aims to provide a platform for international photographers, critics and curators alike to practice and study photographic art, helping create opportunities and conversations for artists. Although the artist-in-residence (AIR) program is primarily tailored to photographers. Three Shadows also gladly accepts artists working in other media, as well as researchers and curators interested in living and working in China.
Residents are encouraged to design unique projects for themselves during their residency, which could mean working on new commissions, collaborating with other artists, or holding workshops in collaboration with the educational department of Three Shadows. We are ready to provide the facilities, materials and services that artists need to complete their projects. We’re also willing to introduce them to a diverse group of local artists and support collaborations with local organizations.
Previous residency artists
Jean Bernard Koeman (Germany) June 3 to June 26
Alberto Garcia-Alix (Spain) May 6 to July 6
Abby Robinson (USA) June 15 to July 6
Monika Bielskyte (Germany) July 12 to July 26
Johan Gerard Nieuwenhuize (Netherlands) April 1 to June 31
Joel Feldman (USA) October 7 to November 7
Laura Letinsky (USA) October 5 to October 19
Diana Coca (Spain) August 6 to November 5
Ken Kitano & Junko Takahashi (Japan) May 1 to July 31
Zac Lee (Malaysia) July 5 to August 6
Virgilio Ferreira (Portugal) August 9 to September 20
King Tong (KT) Ho (New Zealand) July 1 to September 30
Karl Kühn (Austria) April 25 to June 25
Levi Stefania (Italy) April 20 to June 5
Nadine Stijns (Netherlands) Janurary 5 to May 30
Daniele Giuseppe Bornino (Italy) November 2010 to March 2011,
Luz Bejarano Coca & Frank Merfort (Spain) July 17 to July 28
Garrie Maguire (Australia) June 1 to September 1
Diana Coca (Spain) June 21 to August 10
Junko Takahashi (Japan) August 8 to August 19
Svetlana Bailey (Australia) July 16 to August 6
Tiago Nunes (Portugal) September 1 to September 21
Ken Kitano (Japan) October 10 to October 17
Brendan Linane (UK.) September 14 to October 14
Nirmala Karuppiah (Malaysia) September 26 to November 7
Carles Labella (Spain) October 15 to November 15
Catherine Longly (Belgium) October 15 to November 28
Carina Hesper (Netherlands) March 6 to June 30
Kate Woods (New Zealand) July 30 to October 4
Catherine Longly (Belgium) June 8 to July 19
Sofie Holten (Denmark) April 3 to June 30
Sascha Weidner (German) August to Semptember
Bruno Baltzer and Leonora Bisagno (Luxembourg)
Antoni Muntadas (Spain)
Veru Iché (Spain) August 1 to August 31
Tony Amengual (Spain) August 1 to August 31
Alexander Silva (USA) September 27 to November 6
Kai Wasikowski (Australia)
April 1 to April 30 (Three Shadows Beijng)
May 1 to May 31 (Three Shadows Xiamen)
Juan Carlos Coppel (Mexico) June 20 to July 7
Jordi Jové, Espe Pons (Barcelona) August 1 to August 31
October 1 to October 31 (Three Shadows Beijng)
November 1 to November 30 (Three Shadows Xiamen)
Jack Wolf November 1 to November 30 (Three Shadows Xiamen)
John Zhao November 1 to November 30 (Three Shadows Xiamen)
May 29, 2010
Dutch artist Nadine Stijns will showed the work she has made during her three month residency at the Three Shadows Photography Art Centre.
While in China, Stijns became fascinated with the way the natural and the artificial mix in Chinese society from the standpoint of a Western eye. She photographed the newly created and Western inspired idyllic surroundings of luxury apartment blocks in Chaoyang District, the striking duality of twins in a country that still enforces the One Child Policy, and the eerie consumerism of covered stalls in Wangjing's mega-shopping malls after closing time. In each of these series, she examines the blurred demarcation line between the public and the private as well as the addition of some Western ideals that appear to have become prevalent in the construction of Chinese society. Nadine's work focuses on the small ordinary moments and objects that are part of daily life.
July 3, 2010 to August 20, 2010
In 1993, he became an independent photographer. In 1989 he began taking photographs, and in 1993, he held his first solo exhibition. Since then, his works have entered collections both inside and outside of Japan.
At first glance, the works of Japanese photographer Ken Kitano appeared to be images of single individuals, but were in fact composites of a group of images layered into a "meta-portrait." No digital technology was employed in creating his images, but rather a mastery of traditional darkroom techniques. Almost anthropological in nature, Kitano's photographs distilled our understanding of various groups and members of society into striking visual representation.
July 10 1p.m.,2010
"I have accumulated photographs for many years and created a cache of images of all kinds of groups of people. Through the overlapping exposure of a large number of these negatives, I create special portrait images. Looking closely at the history of Japanese photography, we can see that, in addition to myself, Ken Ohara, Bishin Jumonji, and Keizo Kitajima have also devoted themselves to taking portraits and continuing to gaze intently at the existences of others. Lead by the vanguard of Yasumasa Morimura, a tradition of photographers who take self-portrait images has also been lovingly passed down to us.
In China, RongRong and inri collaborate as photographers, using us as a creative subject. There are very rich and deep possibilities for two people and family time and stories. I was very moved, far beyond my expectations, because this kind of photographer is not often seen in Japan. However, in the short time I have been in China, I have discovered that artists that see the world from the perspective of us are more numerous here than in Japan. I am under the impression that they are not restrained to photographic expression.
Participating Experts: Yu Hidaka (Guest Lecturer of Visual Culture at Gunma Prefectural Women's University, Japan), Yuri Mituda (Curator at the Shoto Museum of Art, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan), Huang Rui (Artist, China), Tsai Meng (Photography Critic, China), Wu Jian'an (Artist, China), RongRong (Photographer, China), Ken Kitano (Photographer, Japan)
Sporsor: Polar Art Foundation, Japan Foundation
King Tong Ho
September 18, 2010
The symposium discussed the development of the digital light room from the perspective of photographic creation and education and proposed some thoughts on the creative approach, not the technical application, of digital photography.
Speakers: King Tong Ho (Senior Lecturer, Auckland University of Technology) and Xu Xi (Time Machine Image Center).
Svetlana Bailey, Diana Coca, and Maguire / Lum
August 5, 2011
Three Shadows Photography Art Centre's three artists-inresidence from the summer of 2011 presented slide-shows of their previous and current work in the Three Shadows courtyard. Svetlana Bailey photographs in fog in a variety of unrelated locations.
Diana Coca raises questions about bodily identity, morality and taboo. Maguire / Lum showcased work from the last decade of practice.
November 15, 2011
Nirmala Karuppiah presents a screening of her short art film, “Capturing Twilight”, at the Three Shadows Photography Art Centre in Beijing, China. The award-winning photographer explores and pays tribute to the ancient art of Chinese Opera. While Chinese Opera is still practiced in a contemporary context and forms an integral part of Malaysia's heritage, it is nonetheless an endangered performance art in Malaysia. Karuppiah’s film sheds light on the value of this tradition and the importance of preserving it.
October 15 to October 24, 2011
"The images are a selection of results from an on-going and deeply involved project. Using the photographic process to step into an accessible abstraction, ‘objects’ emerge from dark backgrounds as I enter an imaginary realm, an alternative perception of the world; an insightful dimension of darkness, colour and form. Extraneous elements are stripped away and the viewer is invited to relearn how to see and to appreciate what is, unfortunately, so often overlooked or undervalued. A primal energy in an overall cohesive visual effect, forming something that has a suggestive, slightly sinister, and almost human feeling to it, and is always derived from discovered or found sources on any urban roadside. These images are as much about what is outside the rectangle as what is within, and hopefully, will summon an intuitive reaction."
— Brendan Linane
July 1, 2012
Carina participated in the artist in residence program at Three Shadows Photography Art Centre. During her residency she completed 3 projects: 50 Faces, Wang Family and a work in progress, Lucky Flowers.
She talked about her previous work, developed in the Netherlands, and the projects completed during her residency in China. After the talk she presented her first book; 50 Faces, about ‘business portraiture’ in China.
September 27, 2014
Guest: Sascha Weidner
Organizer: Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, Goethe Institut (China)
Three Shadows Photography Art Centre and Goethe Institut welcomed German photographer Sascha Weidner to China. He explores photographic art and finds new energy in different visual culture during artist-in-residency programs in Sydney, Kyoto, Beijing, etc.. During his two-month stay, he’s been photographing and creating new ideas. At the end of September, Sascha shared his new projects made in China.
Bruno Baltzer and Leonora Bisagno
October 11, 2015
Bruno Baltzer and Leonora Bisagno are a pair of artists from Luxembourg that create together. This was Leonora's and Bruno's first and second visits to China respectively. They have been traveling around Europe working and searching for inspiration. The hutongs of Beijing and old Chinese photographs were a new experiences for them. Their new works were displayed at the Embassy of Luxembourg, while their artists' talk was simultaneously organized by Three Shadows.
EXPERIMENTAL WORK PERFORMANCE “OBEDIENCE”
August 20, 2018
On August 12, Veru Iché presented her first experimental work during her residency with four volunteers recruited by Three Shadows. In the three-hour work, the artist guided and recorded the participants’ exaggerated movements based on the distinctive architectural environment of Three Shadows and the natural landscape of the courtyard. Some of the source material for this semi-spontaneous work formed a part of Obedience, Iché’s Three Shadows residency project. This project has since been exhibited in Iché’s home country.
HYDROGRAPHIC WORKSHOP (in collaboration with Three Shadows Educational Program)
April 20th-April 21st, 2019
From April 20th to 21st, 2019, the resident artist Kai and the Three Shadows Education Program jointly organized a two-day hydrographic workshop. Kai's artistic practice is based on his long-standing interest in nature and human relationships. His creations involve photography, installation, video and many other forms. In the two-day workshop, Kai shared his latest practice “water transfer printing” to the students, and led hands to introduce this new form of creation into their own photography.
Juan Carlos Coppel
July 7, 2019
Last Sunday afternoon, Three shadows artist in residence Juan Carlos Coppel shared his stories and concepts behind some of his photo series under the theme "A Man Who Walks across the Field". Born in 1986, Juan is an artist who works and lives in the northern Mexican city, Hermosillo. As a farmer himself, many of his works revolve around agriculture production and how human activity affects nature and land. Apart from photography, his artistic practice of creation also include video, sculpture, installation and so on, in this talk we chose several his most representative series to share with the Chinese audiences.
Jordi Jové, Espe Pons
August 23, 2019
As the concluding event of the Three Shadows Artist residency project, visual artist Jordi Jové and photographer Espe Pons from Barcelona held a talk which shares not only the latest works of two artists , but also the photography works they have completed during their residency in Beijing. The artists also showed the original work to the audience and share the motivation behind their project.
Red Gate Residency