Three Shadows invite artists to come live and work inside our Ai Weiwei-designed grounds in a quiet corner of Beijing. Residents are encouraged to design a unique plan for their staythis could mean designing new commissions, collaborating with other artists in Beijing, or teaching workshops in the area. 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.
 
Three Shadows offers artists two different kinds of living quartersall of varying sizes and prices. Every room has AC, a bathroom, and free wireless Internet, and artists have access to a common artist-in-residence kitchen and a laundry room, as well as a host of facilities at Three Shadows.
 
The size of the entire Three Shadows complex is 2,500 square meters. It contains an exhibition hall, a courtyard, a cafe, a bookstore, a multi-purpose room for lectures or seminars, a commercial gallery, and a state-of-the-art professional publishing house.
 
Applicants must submit a short form to qiyan@threeshadows.cn with subject head "AIR Program" detailing their basic information and their requested accommodation along with a CV, a portfolio, a plan for their stay, a letter of recommendation, and any other materials they think pertinent. Please inquire for more details. 
 
Download the full plan to know more about Three Shadows AIR Programme
 

 
Previous residency artists

 

2008

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

 

2009

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

 

2010

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, 

 

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

 

2012

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

 

2014

Sofie Holten (Denmark)   April 3 to June 30

Sascha Weidner (German)  August to Semptember

 

 

2015

Bruno Baltzer and Leonora Bisagno (Luxembourg)

 

2016

Antoni Muntadas (Spain)

 

2018

Veru Iché  (Spain)   August 1 to August 31

Tony Amengual (Spain)   August 1 to August 31

Alexander Silva (USA)    September 27 to November 6

 


 

 

Related EVENTs(2010-2015)

 

Nadine Stijns

PERSONAL PHOTO SCREENING AND PRESENTATION OF WORKS IN PROGRESS

May 29th, 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.

 

Ken Kitano

OUR FACE PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION

July 3rd, 2010 to August 20th, 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.

 

 

THE MANIFESTATION OF THE 'SELF AND OTHER' IN PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY

July 10th 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

LIGHT ROOM: THE PRACTICE AND EXTENSION OF CREATIVITY

September 18th, 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

PRESENTATION OF WORKS BY THE THREE SHADOWS SUMMER ARTISTS-IN-RESIDENCE "FOG, FIRE, VIRILITY"

August 5th, 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.

 

Nirmala Karuppiah

CAPTURING THE TWILIGHT: A FILM BY NIRMALA KARUPPIAH

November 15th, 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.  

 

 

DEVIANT CIRCLE: PHOTOGRAPHS BY BRENDAN LINANE

October 15-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                                                                                                         

 

Carina Hesper

ARTIST TALK

July 1st, 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.

 

Sacha Weidner

ARTIST TALK

September 27th, 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

OFF THE BEATEN TRACK

October 11th, 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.

 


 

 

Collaborated Organizations

 

Goethe Institut

Danish Cultural Institut