Designed as a unique platform in China, the Lishui Photography Festival seeks to bring together all of the actors from the photography community: photographers, exhibition curators, editors, collectors, suppliers of photography equipment, etc. This year’s ambitious program includes about forty exhibitions, an international seminar, screenings, debates, conferences, portfolio evaluations, workshops and a photography supplies fair, as well as an exhibition and auction of vintage cameras from the 19th and 20th centuries, an auction of photographic artworks and a photo books fair.
The curators invited this year include James Ramer (artist, professor, exhibition curator and currently director of the Faculty of Photography at Parsons the New School for Design in New York), Shiqiang Gao (professor at the Fine Arts Academy of China in Hangzhou) and Yan Deng (artist and currently a professor at the School of Art at Tsinghua University in Beijing).
The exhibition Where does the Future Get Made, organized by James Ramer, will present the creations of some twenty artist-photographers from all different cultural backgrounds, including the US, China, Europe and the Middle East. If Art Can Start A New Again, organized by Yan Deng will examine the new artistic forms generated by the development of new technology and the ultra-rapid evolution of the ways in which we consume images.
The Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne, Switzerland, will be this year’s guest-of-honor with the exhibition reGeneration, an international, multi-disciplinary project launched in 2015, exploring the emerging photography scene.
This year, in addition to the usual festival venues (former petrol pump factory, former car repair workshop, Museum of Photography, Photography Industrial Park, etc.), a number of new venues will also host events including a park, gym, arts academy and cinema.
The last edition in 2015, attracted 120,000 visitors over the course of its five days thanks to a rich and varied program of 339 exhibitions, showcasing 6,582 works by 1,934 photographers from 52 countries and different regions of China.
Call for submissions
Within the framework of the Lishui Photography Festival, exhibition curators, photographers, art associations and clubs, and art academies are invited to submit work or exhibitions around the theme of this year’s festival: ‘Images in the Era of Hypermedia’.
Submission deadline: 30 September 2017 (midnight)