Insights | Photofairs


©  Works by Chen Xiaoyun, installation view of The Same But Also Changed, 1999.  Courtesy of XU Zhen and YANG Zhenzhong. 

PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai is delighted to announce that the 2018 edition of the Insights exhibition will be curated by Victor Wang王宗孚, a curator and researcher based in Shanghai and London.

For the exhibition, Wang is drawing on the photographic exhibition history of Shanghai and revisiting the 1999 artist- curated photo exhibition “The Same But Also Changed”, that was scheduled to open at 859 Tian Yao Qiao Road, Shanghai, from September 4 – 6 but was prematurely closed before it could open to the public.  The exhibition was one of the first to explore contemporary photography in Shanghai and brought together 15 emerging artists based in China to explore the distinct existence images hold from the realities they once captured while exploring an innovative technology that allowed for unconventionality, spontaneity, and a provocation of what was considered to be ‘contemporary art’ at that time.  Many of the artists featured in “The Same But Also Changed' are today considered to be influential to the development of Chinese contemporary art, and to the development of a larger artistic network in the region. The exhibition will feature artworks by the original artists displayed in the 1999 exhibition, alongside a new generation of Chinese artists.  

Utilizing original photo documentation of the exhibition, “The Same But Also Changed” also reconsiders the premise of the title by questioning how revisiting art historical events in the form of exhibition-making offer moments of perceived ‘sameness’, as images do, under which we can understand photography as a thing in itself, while simultaneously being a window into other histories and moments. Allowing for changed environments and contexts to rematerialize that which was only understood as existing in the ‘past’.



About Victor Wang | Recent exhibitions curated by Wang include the first presentation in the UK of Shanghai-based artist Xu Zhen’s ‘XUZHEN Supermarket’ (2007/2017) and the group exhibition ‘Zhongguo 2185’ at Sadie Coles HQ, London; the first institutional solo exhibition in China by Estonian artist Katja Novitskova at the Cc Foundation, Shanghai (2017) and Neïl Beloufa: Soft(a)ware (2016), the first institutional solo exhibition in China by French-Algerian artist Neïl Beloufa at the chi k11 art museum, Shanghai.  Wang has written for art periodicals such as Artforum, Yishu: Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art, and was a Guest Editor of LEAP Magazine. In 2018 he will curate the first solo exhibition in China by British artist Michael Dean at ShanghART Gallery and has been selected as curator of the 11th edition of David Roberts Art Foundation Curator’s Series.

About Insights | Insights is an initiative which focuses on a particular theme or an important moment in the development of photography. 
Previous editions of the PHOTOFAIRS Insights exhibition include ‘A Color Explosion: The Rise of Contemporary Photography’ curated by Alexander Montague-Sparey in 2017.  This exhibition traced color photography from the mid - 1970's to the present day. 
The 2016 edition of Insights, titled ‘New Approaches to Photography’ was co-curated by Alexander Montague-Sparey and Biljana Ciric and examined how artists challenge our expectations of the photographic medium.