The 2023 Jimei x Arles Curatorial Award for Photography and Moving Image is now open for application until August 20, 2023, aiming to solicit excellent curatorial proposals from young Chinese curators and researchers working on photography and moving image art.


The Jimei x Arles Curatorial Award for Photography and Moving Image was co-launched by the Three Shadows Photography Art Centre and CHANEL in October 2021. Its mission is to support young creative forces in photography and moving image art: to discover and nurture outstanding young Chinese curators and researchers working with these mediums, as well as to encourage cross-disciplinary research centered around them. Alongside the open call for curatorial proposals, master courses on curation will be organized, after which a professional committee will be convened to select the finalists and the winner. The finalists’ proposals will be presented during the Jimei x Arles International Photo Festival as a group exhibition, while the winning proposal will be presented at the Three Shadows Photography Art Centre (Beijing), as well as in other selected cities in China as a travelling exhibition. The winner will also have access to a mentorship and exchange programme they hold yearly and a cash prize of RMB 100,000.


To continue deepening the long-term support and cultivation of Chinese image curators, the "Curatorial Award for Photography and Moving Image" will not only provide support for the realization of curation proposals and overseas academic visits for award-winning curators but also provide free entrance curation courses for all curators who have participated and submitted proposals, helping new-generation curators to expand their global academic horizons, deepen their curation potential, and provide effective guidance for their future curation practices.


The "Jimei x Arles Curatorial Master Courses" invite four internationally renowned curators to give online lectures in the spring and autumn seasons each year. This year's mentors include Fumio Nanjo, curator and art critic, Sergio Valenzuela Escobedo, artist, researcher, and publisher, Wu Hung, art historian and professor at the University of Chicago, and Taous Dahmani, art historian, writer, and curator.


Note: "Jimei x Arles Curatorial Master Courses" is a public welfare project, only open to curation proposals and team members who have submitted proposals for the previous "Curatorial Award for Photography and Moving Image" and does not charge any course fees.





About the Jimei x Arles International Photo Festival

Jointly organised by Three Shadows Photography Art Centre and Tianxia Jimei Media, the Jimei x Arles International Photo Festival was launched in Xiamen's Jimei District in 2015. Since then, 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. The exhibitions are 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 week and the entire run of the festival, art lovers and the general public will be able to enjoy a variety of events such as the opening ceremony, the award ceremony, portfolio reviews, lectures, guided tours, performances, screenings, workshops, and field trips.


About Three Shadows Photography Art Centre

Three Shadows Photography Art Centre is China’s first independent institution specialised in contemporary photography, co-founded by the influential Chinese contemporary photographer RongRong and his wife, celebrated Japanese photographer Inri, in June 2007. Since its founding, Three Shadows has been the country’s premiere platform for the presentation, promotion, and international exchange of photography, hosting high-calibre exhibition, lecture, education, publication, artist residency and other events and programmes. Three Shadows Photography Art Centre is comprised of two spaces, north and south: one is situated in Beijing’s Caochangdi Art District, and the other in Xinglinwan, Jimei District in the southern Chinese city of Xiamen. Aside from its exhibition spaces, Three Shadows Photography Art Centre is also home to +3 Gallery, image production facilities, a photography library, a photography education centre, and a photography bookstore.



CHANEL is a private company and a world leader in creating, developing, manufacturing, and distributing luxury products. Founded by Gabrielle CHANEL at the beginning of the last century, CHANEL offers a broad range of high-end creations, including Ready-to-Wear, Leather Goods, Fashion Accessories, Eyewear, Fragrances, Makeup, Skincare, Jewellery, and Watches. CHANEL is also renowned for its Haute Couture collections, presented twice yearly in Paris, and for having acquired a large number of specialised suppliers, collectively known as the Métiers d’ Art. CHANEL is dedicated to ultimate luxury and to the highest level of craftsmanship. It is a brand whose core values remain historically grounded on exceptional creation. As such, CHANEL promotes culture, art, creativity, and “savoir-faire” throughout the world, and invests significantly in people, R&D, and innovation. At the end of 2021, CHANEL employed close to 28,500 people across the world.