Born 1978 in Guangzhou, China. Lives and works in Beijing.
Cao Fei is one of the most innovative young Chinese artists to have emerged on the international scene. Currently living in Beijing, she mixes social commentary, popular aesthetics, references to Surrealism, and documentary conventions in her films and installations. Her works reflect on the rapid and chaotic changes that are occurring in Chinese society today.
Cao Fei's recent projects include the Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Chi- nese Art Initiative at Guggenheim Museum New York (2018), a solo show at Tai Kwun Contemporary in Hong Kong (2018), a retrospective at K21 Dusseldorf (2018) a solo exhibition at Centre Pompidou, Paris (2019), An Augmented Reality Art Project by APPLE and New Museum New York (2019). In 2020, she will have solo shows at Serpentine Gallery (London) and UCCA (Beijing).
She was a nominee for the Future Generation Art Prize 2010 and the finalist of Hugo Boss Prize 2010. She received the Chinese Contemporary Art Award (CCAA) Best Young Artist Award in 2006 and Best Artist Award in 2016. She was also the recipient of Piedra de Sal Award at Cuenca Biennale in 2016.
Cao Fei was the part of the Jury of the Selection Committee for the Curator- ship of the 8th Berlin Biennale (2014), The Bonnefanten Award for Contemporary (2016), Hugo Boss Asia Art Prize (2019), Rolls-Royce Art Programme Muse (2019).
Born 1970, Asnières-sur-Seine, France.
Lives and works in Paris, France and London, United Kingdom.
Luce Lebart is a historian of photography, curator and French correspondent for the Archive of Modern Conflict collection. She directed the Canadian Institute of Photography (2016-2018) and the collections of the Société française de photographie (2011-2016). Her research focuses on archival photography, the history of techniques, scientific and documentary practices relative to image. She was the curator of (among others): “Souvenirs du sphinx“ and “Lady Liberty“ at the Rencontres d’Arles; “Illuminations“ (Foto/Industria, Bologna) ; “Frontera“ (National Gallery of Canada) and “Gold and Silver“ (MBAC and FOAM Amsterdam, 2018). She has published several books, including Les grands photographes du XXe siècle (Larousse, 2017).
Born 1956 in Bangalore, India.
Lives and works in Bangalore, India.
Pushpamala N. is a photo- and video-performance artist, sculptor, writer and curator. Starting her exploration with photo and video in the 1990s, she is known for her strongly feminist work. Interested in history and cultural memory, she explores political and social enquiries through her work, incorporating and questioning familiar frames from art history, photography, film, theatre and popular culture. She has received several honors for her work including the National Award; the gold medal at the Sixth New Delhi Triennale; the Charles Wallace Trust Fellowship for residency at St. Martin's School of Art, London and the Senior Fellowship, Indian Ministry of Human Resource Development. Her work has been recently exhibited at the FotoFest Biennale, Houston; Kamloops Art Gallery, British Columbia; National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai and Maximilian's Forum, Munich.
Born in 1973 in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan.
She graduated from the Nippon Photography Institute. From 1994 to 1997, she worked as a photojournalist for Asahi Shimbun. In 1999, she met RongRong in Tokyo, and moved to Beijing to begin a new life just one year later. After arriving in Beijing, she and RongRong embarked upon a creative journey together. In 2007, the pair founded Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, which has since hosted numerous large international photography exhibitions, educational events, and photography salons. She promoted and planned three editions of the overwhelmingly popular Caochangdi PhotoSpring – Arles in Beijing. RongRong and inri initiated the Three Shadows Photography Award, now in its eighth year, to provide young Chinese photographers with a broader platform. In addition to working as an artist and the founder of Three Shadows, inri has also been involved in numerous international art events; since 2013, she has served as a nominator for Prix Pictet. In 2015, she was a judge for the Tokyo International Photography Competition and the Shiseido ART EGG.
Born 1973, Paris, France. Lives and works in Paris and Arles, France.
Once a boarder at the villa Medici, Sam Stourdzé became director of the Rencontres d’Arles in 2014. Previously he was director of the Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne and, from 2010 through 2014, editor in chief of ELSE magazine. For years he has studied the mechanisms at work in the circulation of images, with the relationships between photography, art, and film as his preferred field. He has been curator or co-curator of numerous exhibitions and published several works, including Le Cliché-Verre de Corot à Man Ray; the Dorothea Lange and Tina Modotti retrospectives; Chaplin et les images; Fellini, la grande parade; and, most recently, Derrière le rideau: L’esthétique Photomaton and Paparazzi! Photographes, stars et artistes.
He Yining (born 1986) is an independent writer and curator based in China. Yining is a graduate of the London College of Communication with an MA in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography. She also holds a BA degree in English Literature.
She works closely with museums, galleries, and other institutions in China and across Europe. Her current research focuses on the cultural identity and photography representation in England, contemporary Chinese landscape photography and contemporary photography publishing in China. Since 2010 she has been a regular contributor to many art and photography publications including Chinese Photography, Modern Weekly, Rayarts Center, Art World, ArtForum China among many others. She is also editor-in-chief of Coastline Series (China National Art Photography Publishing House) which addresses issues of photography education.
Yining initiated the Go East Project (www.goeastblog.com) in 2014, which aims at introducing contemporary Chinese photography to the West, supporting young talents to establish a local photography platform of an international scope, and exploring the infinite possibilities of photography. Yining is currently working with Brownie Art Photography as an art consultant since 2016.
Born 1978 in Changxing, Zhejiang.
Lives and works in Beijing, China.
A graduate in Photography from Beijing Film Academy, Zeng Jian is a cinema photographer and editor. In 2006, he cooperated with Lou Ye on the film “The Summer Pal- ace". In 2009, he won the Best Editing Award of the 47th Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival for his film "A Night Deeply Drunk on the Spring Breeze". In February 2014, he won the Silver Bear Award for Best Photography at the 64th Berlin International Film Festival with his work "Blind Massage". In September 2015, he won the best pho- tography Award at the 30th Golden Rooster Film Festival with the film "Phurbu&Ten- zin". In May 2018, he served as a jury for the 21st Shanghai International Film Festi- val Asian New Talent Award.