ABOUT JIMEI X ARLES
The Seventh Jimei x Arles International Photo Festival was held in Xiamen from November 26, 2021 to January 3, 2022.
The Jimei x Arles International Photo Festival was founded in Xiamen's Jimei District in 2015, and it is jointly organized by Three Shadows Photography Art Centre and Xiamen Tianxia Jimei Media Co.,Ltd. Since its founding, Jimei x Arles has presented more than 200 exhibitions from China and the rest of Asia, as well as a selection of excellent shows from Les Rencontres d'Arles. To date, the festival has attracted 400,000 visitors.
For this edition of Jimei x Arles, Christoph Wiesner, director of Les Rencontres d'Arles, and RongRong, Chinese contemporary photographer and co-founder of Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, served as Co-Directors, with noted photography critic Gu Zheng serving as Art Director. This year's festival was primarily presented in the Jimei Citizen Square Exhibition Hall and the Three Shadows Xiamen Photography Art Centre, as well as other sites across the island of Xiamen and Fuzhou. The 2021 Jimei x Arles presented 30 exhibitions featuring more than 110 artists from France, Singapore, Brazil, the Czech Republic, mainland China, and elsewhere, including four brilliant exhibitions from Les Rencontres d'Arles, ten Discovery Award exhibitions highlighting young Chinese photographers, three Greetings from Singapore exhibitions, one China Pulse exhibition presenting how photography developed at one Chinese art academy, three Crossover Photography exhibitions, one Tribute exhibition, one Collector's Tale exhibition, three Local Action exhibitions, one Jimei x Arles Book Exhibition, one mobil photography exhibiton, and one "Explore the Most Beautiful Horizons Exhibition."
This past September, Shao Zhong, founder of Modern Media, and RongRong, co-founder of the Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, jointly launched the Arles in Shanghai project. As a result, The Rediscovery: A Selection of Jimei x Arles Awards, co-organized by Modern Media, Les Rencontres d’Arles and Three Shadows, was officially opened to the public at ZiWu Shanghai, thence kicking off five years of projected future collaboration.
Jimei x Arles also established their first Curatorial Award for Photography and Moving Image, which was jointly launched by the Three Shadows Photography Art Centre and CHANEL, and co-organized by Les Rencontres d’Arles and Modern Media. The award is aimed at encouraging young curators to engage in the study of photography and moving images and to facilitate in the production and promotion of outstanding, contemporary artworks in the field.