The third instalment of the Jimei x Arles International Photography Festival opened its doors on Saturday 25th November 2017. The heavy rain didn’t stop the swarm of medias and people from attending this rather new but nonetheless important rendez-vous of the photographic creation in dialogue between France and China.
How Jimei x Arles festival evolved since its advent in 2015?
S.S.: If Les Rencontres d’Arles has been existing for the last 48 years, Jimei x Arles festival is only three years old. So it’s perhaps slightly too early to evaluate it now, it seems difficult to delineate the evolution, we are still at the beginning of our project. What I can tell you is that year after year, more and more medias are covering the event, the overall audience grows wider, and we continuously increase the exhibitions’ level of demand and quality.
Jimei x Arles Festival was not only about the contemporary world, but it also gave voice to historical images from China. Of particular relevance was the photographer and collector Huang Jianpeng’s 黄建鹏 exhibition that showcased three major Chinese photographers active in China from the 1920s to the 1950s, namely Lang Jingshan 郎靜山, Lan Zhigui 蓝志贵 and Xue Zijiang 薛子江.