The Seventh Jimei x Arles International Photo Festival will open in Xiamen on November 26, 2021, and run until January 3, 2022.
The Jimei x Arles International Photo Festival was co-founded in Xiamen's Jimei District in 2015, and it is jointly organized by Three Shadows Photography Art Centre and Tianxia Jimei Media. 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 350,000 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, will serve as Co-Directors, with noted photography critic Gu Zheng serving as Art Director. This year's festival will present 25 exhibitions featuring more than 50 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, and two Local Action exhibitions showcasing Xiamen.
The exhibitions will be primarily presented in the Jimei Citizen Square Main Exhibition Hall and the Three Shadows Photography Art Centre Xiamen, as well as other sites across the island of Xiamen. During the opening weekend (November 26 to 28) and the entire run of the festival, art lovers and the general public will be able to enjoy events such as the opening ceremony, the award ceremony, portfolio reviews, lectures, guided tours, performances, screenings, workshops, and learning excursions.
In September 2021, Three Shadows Photography Art Centre will partner with Modern Media Group to host a group show for past Jimei x Arles award winners at ZiWU in Shanghai. We look forward to once again showcasing the talented artists from Jimei x Arles' past editions.