PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai announces 2018 gallery list and final public programming for 5th anniversary edition

Sep 11, 2018 11:55am
Image Courtesy PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai

Image Courtesy PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai

PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai, Asia Pacific’s leading destination for discovering and collecting photography, will showcase a curated selection of international galleries and an extensive five-part Public Program for its landmark fifth edition.
Supporting the Fair are Shanghai’s leading museums, who will each present significant exhibitions dedicated to photography, making this week in September a landmark within the Shanghai cultural calendar. The Fair, with Presenting Partner Porsche, will be held at the Shanghai Exhibition Center from September 21-23.
With a strong focus on galleries and artists pushing the boundaries of photography, PHOTOFAIRS has selected 55 leading galleries from 15 countries and 27 cities across Asia Pacific, Europe and North America. This highly-curated offering will present collectors with classic masterpieces, contemporary photography, large-scale installations, moving image and the latest innovations in technology from more than 150 Chinese and international artists.
Georgia Griffiths, PHOTOFAIRS Group Fair Director, comments: “I am really looking forward to the 5th edition of PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai. A fair is made by its galleries and the list this year is stronger than ever – from galleries who have been with the fair since its launch in 2014 through to today’s most exciting new programmes in China and across the world.  PHOTOFAIRS is proud to provide a genuine international platform for photography in Asia Pacific, and to give greater visibility to Chinese artists working across the photographic medium.”

Direct access to world-class galleries and artists

PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai welcomes presentations by leading galleries from across the world, with many galleries also participating in the Fair’s Public Program, giving audiences unique access to artists and experts from across the medium of photography.


Significant works and artists at the Fair include:
  • Veteran feminist performance artist VALIE EXPORT whose performances and films were amongst the most radical feminist statements in Europe in the 1960s and 1970s. Her work will be shown by new gallery Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac (Paris, Salzburg & London) alongside the groundbreaking works of Robert Mapplethorpe and Irving Penn.
  • Masterworks by Marc Riboud, Jim Goldberg and Alec Soth from Magnum Photos (London & Paris).
  • Nobuyoshi Araki’s still life and collage works will be shown in separate presentations by Taka Ishii Gallery (Tokyo & New York) and art space AM (Tokyo).
  • Works by collectors’ favorites Birdhead, Chen Wei, Jiang Pengyi and Renhui Zhao will be shown by ShanghART Gallery. The gallery will also provide many of the artworks included in the Fair’s Insights exhibition.

Emerging talents and new work

PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai will showcase a wide range of completely new work and emerging photographic talent for its collectors:
  • Photo 12 Galerie (Paris, Los Angeles & Shanghai) will present works from across the career of exciting Norwegian artist Anja Niemi.  The artist can be heard in the Fair’s Conversations talks program.
  • A dual presentation of emerging Chinese artists Shao Wenhuan and Kechun Zhang will be shown by Three Shadows + 3 Gallery (Beijing & Xiamen).
  • Matthew Liu Fine Arts (Shanghai) presents never-before-seen video installations by contemporary Chinese artist Yang Yongliang.
  • Annette Kelm will be shown in China for the first time both at PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai (with KÖNIG GALERIE, Berlin & London) and the Fosun Foundation (Shanghai).
  • Henk van Rensbergen’s meditative architectural works of will also receive their Chinese debut with Galerie DUMONTEIL (Shanghai, Paris & New York)
  • Pixy Liao and Taca Sui, two artists who are considered to be part of the next generation working at the cutting-edge of photography, will be shown by Chambers Fine Art (New York & Beijing).
  • Newcomer to the Chinese art scene is Korean filmmaker and artist Kelvin Kyung Kun Park, who will presented by Vanguard Gallery (Shanghai). OCAT Shanghai will host a special panel discussion during the Fair discussing the artist’s work.  
  • Per van der Horst Gallery (The Hague & Taipei) and rin art association (Takasaki) will make their Chinese art fair debut at PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai.

Stellar Chinese galleries and artists

Generations of Chinese galleries are featured across the Fair, demonstrating PHOTOFAIRS’ dedication to the regional art scene. This includes young returning spaces AIKE (Shanghai), Between Art Lab (Shanghai & Beijing) and Brownie Projects (Beijing) alongside established participants Pékin Fine Arts (Beijing & Hong Kong), ShanghART Gallery (Shanghai, Beijing & Singapore), A Thousand Plateaus (Chengdu), Matthew Liu Fine Arts (Shanghai) and Timeless Gallery (Beijing) amongst many others.  
Many of these galleries will shine a spotlight on contemporary Chinese artists, celebrating and showcasing the dynamic art scene. This includes:
  • Works by Zhang Dali who is known for his sculptures, graffiti, and paintings, and works by Liu Di, who uses digitally manipulated photographs to investigate the friction between China’s natural environment and urban residents, both presented by Pékin Fine Arts.
  • Leading Chinese artist Hai Bo will discuss the Chinese debut of his “Southern” series, which will be presented by Pace Gallery (New York, Beijing, London, Hong Kong, Seoul & Geneva). The gallery will also feature work by the award-winning artist Hong Hao.
  • Jiang Zhi will debut his new series “Fade” with Blindspot Gallery (Hong Kong).  A series of video works by the artist will also be exhibited at LUXELAKES A4 Art Museum during the Fair.
  • Amongst the artists on offer from A Thousand Plateaus will be unique video work by artist Qiulin Chen which addresses the consequences of urbanization.
For the full list of galleries, please see below or click here.

Ambitious Public Program celebrating photography

PHOTOFAIRS’ critically-acclaimed Public Program will run throughout the Fair.  Exploring the intersection between fine art, photography and technology, the Public Program will celebrate artists from across the world through museum-quality exhibitions, talks and book signings.
In addition to the previously announced Conversations talks schedule and Insights: The Same But Also Changed (物是人非) exhibition, powered by Patek Philippe and curated by Victor Wang (王宗孚), the full Public Program will also include:
  • A large-scale ‘selfie wall’ that will welcome visitors at the entrance of PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai, courtesy of Giovanni Ozzola, a multidisciplinary artist who is renowned for his play with light.  Presented by GALLERIA CONTINUA (San Gimignano, Beijing, Les Moulins & Havana) as part of the Fair’s Staged program, the two-part wallpaper installation will create an optical illusion in which visitors will become part of the artwork. The gallery will present further pieces by the artist in their booth, alongside works by Carsten Höller, Hans Op de Beeck and Zhuang Hui, and Hiroshi Sugimoto’s “Gates of Paradise” for the Fair’s Spotlight exhibition.
  • Seung Woo Back and Won Seoung Won, who challenge the idea of ‘reality’ within their individual installations, which are also part of the Staged program. Supported by the Korean Cultural Council and the HOW Art Museum (Shanghai), their works will be the subject of a discussion with leading art historian, critic and curator, Dr Yongwoo Lee.  
  • The world premiere of “Chongqing Detour” by award-winning multimedia artist Joseph Chen, presented by Cultural Partner Videotage (Hong Kong), as part of the Fair’s inaugural Connected exhibition platform, which showcases artists working in moving image. The work will be shown daily in the Fair’s talks room as part of a wider screening program by Videotage.
The full Public Program can be viewed here.
Media Preview (by invitation only): Thursday 20 September, 1pm to 2pm
For all accreditation requests please email [email protected]
Collectors’ Preview & 5th Anniversary Gala Dinner  (by invitation only): Thursday 20 September, 2pm to 7pm
VIP Preview: Friday 21 September, 12pm to 6pm
After Dark: Friday 21 September, 6pm to 9pm
Public Days: Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 September, 11am to 6pm
Tickets are available via

Full gallery list

Main sector galleries
10 Chancery Lane (Hong Kong); A Thousand Plateaus Art Space (Chengdu); AIKE (Shanghai); ART LABOR (Shanghai); art space AM (Tokyo); ArtCN Gallery (Shanghai); Being 3 Gallery (Beijing); Between Art Lab (Shanghai & Beijing); Blindspot Gallery (Hong Kong); Boccara Art (New York, Monte Carlo, London); Books & Photographs (Paris); Brownie Project (Beijing); C14 Gallery (Shanghai); Chambers Fine Art (New York & Beijing); Christine Park Gallery (New York); Cipa Gallery (Beijing); Frogman Art Gallery (Beijing); Galerie DUMONTEIL (Shanghai, Paris & New York); Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac (Paris, Salzburg & London); GALLERIA CONTINUA (San Gimignano, Beijing, Les Moulins & Havana); In The Gallery (Copenhagen); Juhui Art Gallery (Shanghai); KLV Art Projects (Vienna); KÖNIG GALERIE (Berlin & London); Lucie Chang Fine Arts / L+ (Hong Kong); M Art Center (Shanghai); Magnum Photos (London & Paris); Matthew Liu Fine Arts (Shanghai); Matthias Küper Galleries (Stuttgart & Beijing); Nine Art Space (Shanghai); Novalis Contemporary Art (Hong Kong); One Way Art Gallery (Beijing); Pace Gallery (New York, Beijing, London, Hong Kong, Seoul & Geneva); Pan - View Gallery (Zhengzhou); Pékin Fine Arts (Beijing & Hong Kong); Per van der Horst Gallery (The Hague & Taipei); Photo 12 Galerie (Paris, Los Angeles & Shanghai); rin art association (Takasaki); see + gallery (Beijing); ShanghART Gallery (Shanghai, Beijing & Singapore); Taka Ishii Gallery (Tokyo & New York); Three Shadows + 3 Gallery (Beijing & Xiamen); Time Space Gallery (Beijing & Zhengzhou); Timeless Gallery (Beijing); and Vanguard Gallery (Shanghai).
Insights galleries
AIKE (Shanghai), Beijing Commune (Beijing), BANK (Shanghai), GALLERIA CONTINUA, (San Gimignano, Beijing, Les Moulins & Havana) Long March Space (Beijing), MadeIn Gallery (Shanghai), ShanghART Gallery (Shanghai, Beijing & Singapore) and Galerie Liusa Wang (Paris)
Staged galleries
Arario Gallery (Shanghai, Cheonan & Seoul), GALLERIA CONTINUA (San Gimignano, Beijing, Les Moulins & Havana), Gana Art Gallery (Seoul & Busan) & Suum Projects (Seoul), Long March Space (Beijing) and One Way Art Gallery (Beijing)
SponsorsPorsche is the Presenting Partner of the 2018 edition and is joined by: Feature Exhibition Partner Patek Philippe; Photo Partner Leica; Art Book and Prints Partner Artron; Creative Partner YYO Communications; VIP Partner China Merchants Bank; Strategic Partner Branding Shanghai; Furniture Partner DUXIANA; Paper Partner Hahnemühle; Production Partner LOTO ART; Event Partner XITEK; Wine Partner Pont des Arts; Cocktail Partner Prosecco On Wheels (by Jell&Co); Beverage Partner 1664 Blanc; Restaurant Partner Light & Salt; Art Cafe Partner Brownie Art Cafe.
Cultural Partners
Austrian Consulate General Shanghai (Shanghai), Cc Foundation (Shanghai ), HOW Art Museum (Shanghai), Korean Cultural Center (Shanghai), Museum of Contemporary Photography (Chicago), NOWNESS (Shanghai), Open Eye Gallery (Liverpool), Para Site (Hong Kong), Power Station of Art (Shanghai), OCAT Shanghai (Shanghai),  University of Salford Art Collection (Salford), Videotage (Hong Kong) and Video Bureau (Beijing & Guangzhou).
Lead Media Partners  
ELLE CHINA (Lead Fashion Partner) , Shangliu TATLER (VIP Media Partner),FT Chinese, YITIAO and YT CREATIVE MEDIA (Lead Digital Partners), Artsy (International Online Partner), China Life Magazine and Numero (Featured Media Partners), ELITE (Airline Partner),  Zai Art (Live Broadcast Partner)
Further Media Partners include: 1843 Intelligent Life, 1000 Words, Aesthetica, ArtCalendar, ARTCO CHINA, ArtFacts, artnet China,, ArtReview Asia, Artron, Artsky, Art Bahrain, ArtChina, Art Trade Journal, Art World, BBART,  Culture Cloud, Digital Camera, ELLE DECORATION CHINA, European Photography, FOTO-VIDEO, GUP,Hi Art, IDEAT, Independent Collector, Larry’s List, Madame Figaro Chine, MsPhoto, Musée Mag, Neocha, Noblesse, Phoenix Art, Photographers' Companion, Photography is Art, Photography of China, Shanghai BANG!, Shanghai Daily, SmartShanghai,, The Art Newspaper China, The Artling, that's Shanghai, Time Out Shanghai, VART, VISION, Widewalls
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