Mark your calendars for the fifth edition of PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai, Asia-Pacific's leading destination for discovering and collecting photography. Celebrating contemporary photography, classic masterpieces, large-scale installations, moving-image and the latest innovations in technology, PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai will return to the Shanghai Exhibition Centre from September 21-23, 2018.
Ahead of the full public program being announced this summer, we asked Fair Director Georgia Griffiths about her highlights from the past five years of PHOTOFAIRS.
The introduction of Staged
Focusing on the relationship between photography and other art forms, Staged is a curated initiative that spotlights artists working with installation art, sculpture, video, performance and painting to reinterpret photography.
The platform launched at PHOTOFAIRS’ 2017 Shanghai edition and, with many of the works being shown for the first time in China, collectors and buyers from across Asia Pacific were given a unique opportunity to discover new work.
The Shanghai and San Francisco editions of Staged have showcased a variety of artists who transform the ordinary into the extraordinary. Previously featured artists include: Zhang Huan (Pace Gallery, New York, London, Beijing, Hong Kong, Seoul, Palo Alto & Paris), Birdhead (ShanghART Gallery, Shanghai, Beijing & Singapore), Meghann Riepenhoff (EUQINOMprojects, San Francisco), Mona Kuhn (Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York & Zurich) and He Chengyao (Himalayas Museum, Shanghai) alongside prominent institutions such as Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne and Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris.
PHOTOFAIRS partnership with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
PHOTOFAIRS, with its destinations in Shanghai and San Francisco, bridges galleries, artists and collectors from East and West and offers a platform for those across the Pacific Rim to experience new and exciting work.
This can be clearly seen in PHOTOFAIRS’ partnership in 2018 with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA). The museum was looking to expand its collection of contemporary Chinese photography and Clément Chéroux, Senior Curator of Photography at SFMOMA acquired works by the contemporary Chinese artists South Ho Siu Nam, Chen Wei, and Chen Xiaoyun at the fourth edition of PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai.
The works were added to the museum’s permanent collection and shown together at PHOTOFAIRS | San Francisco in February 2018. The Fair’s opening night also raised funds for the museum to add photographic works to its collection.
Appearing at both the Shanghai and San Francisco editions, the Insights exhibition explores themes and ideas around photography with previous editions looking at the history of color photography and new approaches to the medium. The exhibition launched in Shanghai in 2016 and adds further context to the artwork on show at the fairs.
Each Insights curator works in close collaboration with leading local galleries and their artists, alongside fair galleries. Those previously featured include: Gagosian Gallery (Taryn Simon & Vera Lutter); Jessica Silverman Gallery (Matt Lipps & Tammy Rae Carland); Haines Gallery (John Chiara & Chris McCaw); Gallery Wendi Norris (Yamini Nayar & Eva Schlegel); Anthony Meier Fine Arts (Erica Deeman); Altman Siegel Gallery (Sara VanDerBeek); Weinstein Hammons (Alec Soth); Les Filles du Calvaire (Awoiska van der Molen & Noemie Goudal) and Bruce Silverstein Gallery (Penelope Umbrico), among many others.
All works within the Insights exhibition are available for private sale. Find out more about the 2018 edition of Insights in Shanghai here.
Embracing new technologies with Daata Editions
Since launching five years ago, technology has played an ever-increasing role in all editions of PHOTOFAIRS. With this in mind, in 2017 we were delighted to announce the launch of the Daata Editions Commission, powered by Artune, the Social Platform for a Global Art Community. The commission was created by contemporary Chinese artist, Lu Yang and engaged audiences throughout the duration of the fair.
Daata Editions commissions video, sound, poetry and web art, presenting and distributing the artworks online for purchase as limited-edition, digital downloads. Previous commissions include works by both international established and emerging artists including: Sue de Beer, Ed Fornieles, Hannah Perry, Jon Rafman and Amalia Ulman. There are over 70 artists and almost 300 artworks on the platform.
Leading collectors share their passion
PHOTOFAIRS is dedicated to engaging new audiences with photography collecting and buying. The launch of the Collectors’ Exhibition in Shanghai in 2017 provided those new to the medium unprecedented access to the works of established collectors.
The inaugural edition brought together four of China’s most influential art collectors – Adrian Cheng (K11 Art Foundation), David Chau (Cc Foundation), Jenny Jinyuan Wang (Fosun Foundation) and Thomas Shao (Modern Media Group) – Each opened their private collections to bring together a unique exhibition of works, being shown publicly for the first time. Exhibition curator Erin Barnett (Director of Collections and Exhibitions, International Center of Photography, New York) described the show as “a unique opportunity to see photographic and video works from some of China, Japan and Europe’s most compelling artists”. It is the first time these collections have been seen together publicly and the Collectors’ Exhibition will return to Shanghai for 2018.