PHOTOFAIRS Shanghai Returns for Year 5 This September

By That's Shanghai, January 31, 2018

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PHOTOFAIRS Shanghai is an annual fall exhibition that showcases the best of contemporary photography worldwide in Shanghai.

A platform for artists who have been pushing the boundaries of the medium within the fair’s 50 Chinese and international galleries this year, PHOTOFAIRS Shanghai 2018 will showcase classic works of photography alongside contemporary work that combines photography, sculpture, installation and video.

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©WON Seoungwon, My Age of Seven Bed Wetter’s Laundering. Courtesy of Arario Gallery (Shanghai).

The centerpiece of this year's exhibit is curator Victor Wang's reinterpretation of The Same But Also Changed (物是人非), a 1999 exhibit in Shanghai that was preemptively shut down before its debut. The Same But Also Changed aimed to challenge ideas about contemporary art and featured several artists who are now seminal members of China's contemporary art scene.

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©SHAO WENHUAN, Galaxy Box No. 2, 2013-2018. Courtesy of Three Shadows + 3 Gallery (Beijing, Xiamen).

Wang's reinterpretation of this theme, called Insights, will feature works from a few of these same artists, including Geng Jiangyi, Liang Yue and Chen Xiaoyun. It will also showcase the latest generation of leading Chinese artists, with a site-specific installation of post-it notes by Xu Zhen, stills from Yang Fudong's film Seven Intellectuals in a Bamboo Forest (pictured at top), and a sculptural work by Miao Ying called 'Content Aware' that comments on internet censorship.

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©Leh YSL, Bridge. Courtesy of Lucie Chang Fine Arts (Hong Kong).

Other highlights of PHOTOFAIRS Shanghai this year include new works by Belgian visual artist Hans Op De Beeck from Galleria Continua, Birdhead, Wenhuan Shao and Renhui Zhao from ShanghART Gallery, a focus on Japanese art from several Tokyo galleries and a presentation by Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac of classic photography works by Irving Penn and Robert Mapplethorpe.

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©EIKOH HOSOE, Rose penalty mishima yukio. Courtesy of See + Gallery (Beijing).

See it all this September at the Shanghai Exhibition Center. That's readers can enjoy a discount of 15 percent off the ticket price by visiting the website, choosing your ticket and entering the discount code 'photofairsthatssh' at checkout.


Details: PHOTOFAIRS Shanghai, Sep 21-23 at Shanghai Exhibition Center. Tickets here.

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All photos from PHOTOFAIRS Shanghai.

Header photo: ©YANG FUDONG, Seven Intellectuals in Bamboo Forest, Part IV, 2006. Courtesy of ShanghART Gallery (Shanghai, Beijing & Singapore).

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