PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai Upcoming Sixth Edition Highlights

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? DAVID BURDENY, Saltern Study 02, Great Salt Lake, UT, 2015. Courtesy of Per van der Horst Gallery (Hague & Taipei)

PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai will open its sixth edition this September with an inspiring Public Program combining new approaches to photography and modern masterpieces with exhibitions, commissions and a new award celebrating emerging photographic talent.

PHOTOFAIRS is Asia Pacific’s leading destination for discovering and collecting photo-based works. It is recognized for celebrating artists working at the very edges of photography, throughout history and today. The 2019 edition will feature works by household names including Marina Abramovi?, Yang Fudong, Vivian Maier and Robert Mapplethorpe alongside exciting presentations by Cory Arcangel, James Casebere, Xyza Cruz Bacani, Pieter Hugo, Idris Khan, Mariko Mori and Adrian Sauer and the debut of new works by Jiang Pengyi, Wu Chi-Tsung, Lu Yang and Chen Wei.

PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai with Presenting Partner Porsche will be held at the Shanghai Exhibition Centre from September 20-22, 2019. Tickets will go on sale June 18 at www.photofairs.org.

? VIVIAN MAIER, Chicago, IL, 1956. Courtesy of Les Douches la Galerie (Paris)

 Exposure Award 

In March 2019 PHOTOFAIRS launched the inaugural Exposure Award powered by MODERN EYE, with the reward of a complementary stand to any gallery with a solo presentation of experimental work who had not previously shown at the fair.

From worldwide submissions judges selected a presentation Galerie Les Filles du Calvaire (Paris) of work by visual artist Noémie Goudal. Chosen for its bold concept and visual elegance, the planned installation will bring together works from three of Goudal’s recent series.

The judging panel also commended three standout submissions by Galerie 127 (Morocco) with artist Carolle Benitah, One Way Art (Beijing) with artist Ding Shiwei and Mary Mary (New York) with artist Patricia Voulgaris.

Georgia Griffiths, PHOTOFAIRS Group Fair Director, comments: “Over the last six years, PHOTOFAIRS has worked closely with our collectors and audience to nurture and deepen the understanding of photography. The Exposure Award is an exciting addition to the Fair as it embodies our commitment to exhibit the best in creative photography. The financial difficulties of presenting an experimental booth in a new market are inevitable. The prize minimizes these risks to support artists, galleries and therefore our collectors, to truly explore what photography can do.”

The Exposure Award jury included Cao Dan, President of MODERN ART and Art Director of MODERN EYE, Jiyoon Lee, Curator and Founder, SUUM Projects (Seoul); Wang Jun, Collector and Founder, The Light Society (Beijing) and Christopher Phillips, Independent Curator (New York).

? NOéMIE GOUDAL, Soule?vement IV, series Soule?vements, 2018. Courtesy of Galerie Les Filles du Calvaire (Paris)

 2019 Public Program 

Running throughout the Fair, the 2019 Public Program will focus on photography’s relationship to other art forms via a series of museum-quality exhibitions, installations and events. Highlights include:



Following last year’s thought-provoking and critically acclaimed Insights exhibition “The Same But Also Changed”, PHOTOFAIRS has commissioned Para Site, Asia’s leading contemporary art centre, to curate Insights for 2019. Para Site Deputy Director Claire Shea will draw from a wide network of established and emerging artists from East and South East Asia to explore photography’s role in shaping our history. Titled “Fieldwork”, the exhibition will also study the contemporary power of the medium to re-examine those histories and shed light on points of view that were previously


Claire Shea is the Deputy Director of Para Site, Hong Kong. While at Para Site. She was an Associate Curator for the 8th Shenzhen Sculpture Biennial, ‘We have never participated’ (2014) at OCT Contemporary Art Terminal, Shenzhen. Shea was previously Curatorial Director for Cass Sculpture Foundation in Goodwood, United Kingdom, (2008-2016) where she oversaw the strategic development of the institution and managed curatorial projects including the commissioning of works. She is currently a researcher with the Institute of Public Art, Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts.

Collectors' Exhibition

University of Salford Art Collection (UK) serves as a catalyst to make a lasting difference to the arts ecology of the North West of England. Having acquired more than 700 works over the past 60 years, the collection has a special focus on Chinese contemporary art, commissioning new works with ongoing support for artists such as Cao Fei, Samson Young and aaajiao.

In collaboration with celebrated Hong Kong independent curator Ying Kwok, who was widely recognized for her curation of Hong Kong Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale, carefully selected works from the Collection this year will provide an inspiration to collectors and buyers interested in digital arts and new technologies, featuring artists from the UK and China. A new commission installation by leading female multimedia artist Lu Yang at the entrance of the Fair will also be installed.

? LUKE CHING, Window (Day 2); Room 118, Titanic Hotel, Stanley Dock, Regent Road, Liverpool, 2017. Photograph by Rob Battersby


Marina Abramovi?

Marina Abramovi?’s legendary series “The Lovers” (1988) is the focus of the 2019 Spotlight exhibition. A defining moment in the history of performance art, this will be the first opportunity for audiences in Mainland China to witness the final collaborative piece Abramovi? produced with her former partner Ulay. 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. In addition, we will feature an interview between the artist and Sean Kelly, owner of Sean Kelly Gallery (New York & Taipei). Abramovi? has pioneered performance as a visual art form and has used photography throughout her career to document her performances.

The Spotlight section of PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai highlights an artist of international renown who is of particular relevance and importance to contemporary photography. Past exhibitions have featured Taryn Simon, Ren Hang and Hiroshi Sugimoto.

? MARINA ABRAMOVI?, The Lovers (Seated Figure), 1988. Courtesy of the artist and Sean Kelly Gallery (New York & Taipei)

 2019 Galleries 

As demonstrated in the Public Program, PHOTOFAIRS is to foster dialogue between photography and other contemporary art fields.  Supporting this in Fair’s Main sector are galleries including Arario Gallery (Seoul & Shanghai), Galleria Continua (San Gimignano, Beijing, Les Moulins, Habana), Les Douches La Galerie (Paris), Flowers Gallery (London, New York & Hong Kong), Sean Kelly Gallery (New York & Taipei), Klemm’s (Berlin), Matthew Liu Fine Arts (Shanghai), Mohsen Gallery (Tehran), Pékin Fine Arts (Beijing & Hong Kong), Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac (Paris, Salzburg & London) and ShanghART Gallery (Shanghai, Beijing & Singapore). 

The full Public Program and participating gallery list will be announced August 2019.

? PIETER HUGO, Zeng Mei Huizi, Beijing, 2015-2016. Courtesy of Pékin Fine Arts (Beijng & Hong Kong)



PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai is the leading destination in Asia Pacific for discovering and collecting photography; classic masterpieces, contemporary photography, large-scale installations, moving-image and the latest innovations in technology. PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai is dedicated to offering 50 international galleries a unique and personal art fair experience from the tailored environment of the fair, through to dedicated VIP and curator events and personal translation services on the booths. The fair offers two exhibiting sectors Main and Platform that are supported by an extensive Public Program of exhibitions, talks and events, including Insights, StagedSpotlight, Connected and Conversations.

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  2019 PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai

The sixth edition of PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai will be presented by World Photography Organization and PORSCHE.


World Photography Organization

The World Photography Organisation is a global platform for photography initiatives. Working across up to 180 countries, our aim is to raise the level of conversation around photography by celebrating the best imagery and photographers on the planet. We pride ourselves on building lasting relationships with both individual photographers as well as our industry-leading partners around the world. Our year-round portfolio of programmes and events includes: Sony World Photography Awards - the world's largest photography competition celebrated its 12th anniversary in 2019; PHOTOFAIRS - international Art Fairs Dedicated to Photography; and a series of local and international WPOmeetups. For more information, please visit www.worldphoto.org

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