NEWS: 6 Reasons To Visit PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai 2019 | PHOTOFAIRS

NEWS: 6 Reasons To Visit PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai 2019

© PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai Installation Shot. Courtesy of James Ambrose

For the sixth edition of PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai, we are presenting you with 6 reasons to visit the Fair this September, from exclusive previews and discovering emerging talent, to mingling with experienced collectors.

The Fair runs from 20-22 September at the Shanghai Exhibition Center. Buy your tickets here.


6 - Attend talks from some of the most popular names in photography today...

Our PHOTOFAIRS | Conversations program offers visitors the opportunity to explore and celebrate the local and international fine art photography market and engage in conversation with artists and collectors from across the Asia Pacific region.

From Cory Arcangel (Artist, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac) and  Thomas Dukes (Curator, Open Eye, Liverpool) through to Daisuke Miyatsu (collector) and Noemie Goudal (Artist, Les Filles du Calvaire) the Conversations program offers insights into the latest technological developments and trends in photography.

A full list of our Conversations program can be found here.

© PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai. Conversations. Courtesy of James Ambrose
© Cory Arcangel, 'artney, adid', 2019 (detail). Courtesy of Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac (Paris, Salzburg & London)

5 - Be inspired, as a collector, to commission new works...

The 2019 Collectors’ Exhibition aims to inspire collectors to commission artists to create new works. Demonstrating this point, the leading, and often censored, female multimedia artist Lu Yang, has been commissioned to create a new artwork which will be shown on-site and will then enter the University of Salford Art Collection after the Fair. 

Here is a sneak preview…

© Lu Yang, PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai Collectors' Exhibition, Courtesy of the artist and University of Salford Art Collection

4 - To appreciate the versatility of contemporary photography...

PHOTOFAIRS holds pride in developing a platform for new and alternative approaches to contemporary photography. The 2019 ‘Connected’ program celebrates the relationship between photography and new technologies (VR, AI, Video etc).

We are pleased to present Videotage (Hong Kong) to our audiences as part of our ‘Connected’ public program. Since 2008, Videotage has been devoted to preserving and expanding the rich and diverse collection of video and media art in Hong Kong. Videotage will be presenting ‘μs (microsecond)’ at PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai 2019, a curated video program which impressively combines local early and contemporary video works, “converting the booth into a time machine travelling different eras and showcasing from the time of the emergence of experimental works to the millennials works”. Artists include Ellen Pau, Eric Siu, Jonny Au, Hu Rui, Gina Czarnecki and Reynold Reynolds.

© Hu Rui, Metropolitan Triangle Garden [still], 2015. Courtesy of Videotage (Hong Kong)

3 - A Fair that can be a week-long exploration of the medium...

Can’t attend our Fair or just simply can’t get enough of contemporary photography? You’re in luck! PHOTOFAIRS have compiled a list of exhibitions happening in and around Shanghai during the week of the Fair, from Chen Wei’s solo exhibition at ShanghART Gallery titled ‘Goodbye’, to Michael Najjar’s ‘Outer Space’ at BANK. 

Baoku Art Centre will stage ‘The Light Runner 180’ which focuses on analog photography and the historic development of photographic techniques, and ArtCN have now opened exhibiting artist Damien Dufresne’s ‘Ne le dis à personne’ ‘Tell No One’ solo exhibition. Further exhibitions include a collaboration with Galerie Dumonteil and Fondation TARA Ocean, a duo exhibition ‘Story Smuggler’ between Chinese artist Maleonn and famous Dutch photographer Erwin Olaf, and an exhibition dedicated to the theme of ‘war and image’ with Felice Beato at Power Long Museum. 

Read the full list here.

© Chen Wei, Goodbye, 2019. Courtesy of ShanghART Gallery (Shanghai, Beijing & Singapore)

2 - Curated by a group of well-established academics...

Independent curator Ying Kwok will be working with Lindsay Taylor from the University of Salford Art Collection to curate ‘Taking the Leap’ as part of the Collectors’ Exhibition.

As well as Kwok and Taylor, PHOTOFAIRS has commissioned Deputy Director of Para Site (Hong Kong) Claire Shea to curate Insights for 2019. Drawing from a wide network of established and emerging artists from East and South East Asia, Shea will explore photography’s role in shaping our history and perceptions. Shea’s curator notes are now live on the website for you to enjoy… 

“Through ‘Fieldwork’ I wanted to look at artists from across the region who are working with landscapes, employing their power today, reframing the past and considering its role in shaping the future.”

Claire Shea
© Siu Wai Hang, Nam Sang Wai, 2013. Courtesy of the artist

1 - Be one of the first...

Don’t miss out on being part of the audience that saw Marina Abramovic’s ‘The Lovers’ (1988) for the first time in Mainland China. This legendary series is the focus of the 2019 Spotlight exhibition, and represents a defining moment in the history of performance art. The work is a heartbreaking record of the pair walking towards each other along the length of the Great Wall of China, meeting in the middle to end their relationship.

The entire set of twelve color photographs with unique drawings will be on view alongside the 2-channel video of the work. 

Speaking with The Art Newspaper (September 2019 issue), Abramovic states “Looking back, this relationship was extremely important for the history of performance art” and that “the energy you experience from the wall seemed perfect”.

In addition, we will feature an interview between the artist and Sean Kelly, owner of Sean Kelly Gallery (New York & Taipei). 

© Marina Abramović, The Lovers (Star), 1988, Courtesy of the Marina Abramović Archives and Sean Kelly Gallery (New York & Taipei)


Purchase your tickets here.

September 20-22, Shanghai Exhibition Center.