Shanghai, China—The gallery and exhibitor lineup for PhotoFairs Shanghai 2023 was released. The 8th edition of the event is organized by Creo and presented in partnership with Porsche. The fair returns to the Shanghai Exhibition Centre April 20–23, 2023. PhotoFairs Shanghai is Asia Pacific’s leading fair dedicated to photo-based and digital artworks.
More than 50 exhibitors, comprising high-end galleries, art spaces, institutions, publishers and studios, will take part in the different sectors of the fair. Further, the fair sectors include Main, Platform, Publishing and Culture Spaces.
“We are very happy to return to the Shanghai Exhibition Center this April. And present exceptional new photo-based and digital art created both by established artists, as well as young talents from all over the world,” said Fan Ni, director of PhotoFairs Shanghai.
“Around a third of the galleries and publishers are new to the fair this year. We are excited to introduce them, together with our longstanding exhibitors, to audiences here in China. Many institutions and organizations are joining us as well this year to showcase their new developments on photography and digital art.”
PhotoFairs Shanghai 2023 Main and Platform Galleries
Galleries participating in the Main and Platform sectors present diverse artworks from established galleries to emerging newcomers. The artists include contemporary pioneers of photography and celebrated video artists, as well as leading names in photography from within China. Following are a few of the participating.
Three Shadows + 3 Gallery
Three Shadows + 3 Gallery presents works by Daidō Moriyama, Nobuyoshi Araki, Koo Bohnchang and Hisaji Hara. The gallery will exhibit a series of contemporary photographers, including Gabriela Morawetz, Till Leeser, Yan Ming, Lu Yanpeng and Wang Juyan. It will also focuses on two critical figures of the post-photographic era: Jerry Uelsmann and Maggie Taylor.
In addition, bringing together the best of Eastern and Western contemporary art, Matthew Liu Fine Arts will show three fine artists whose works are increasingly resonant with Chinese collectors and audiences: Candida Höfer, Vik Muniz, and Yang Yongliang.
Furthermore, Italy-based Galleria Continua returns with a solo presentation of new works by Giovanni Ozzola. Additionally, Paris-based Dumonteil will present three French contemporary artists, including Hugo Deverchère.
From Beijing, Bonian will exhibit the works of important figures in 20th century Chinese photography. They include Luo Bonian and Jin Shisheng, who were highly prolific in the 1930s.
This hub for emerging artists will launch three young female photography artists: Li Yushi, Yu Ruojie and Winnie Tse.
Moreover, 193 Gallery based in Paris will showcase the vibrant and powerful works of Kenyan photographer Thandiwe Muriu. It will also exhigit Moroccan photographer Hassan Hajjaj.
Finally, Fisheye Gallery (Paris) will bring several emerging photographers, including Léa Habourdin and Delphine Diallo.
Innovation Sector: Culture Spaces
What’s more, the brand-new Culture Spaces sector evolved from the nonprofit sector of the last fair. It will highlight the important role of museums, institutions as well as cultural organizations in the development of photographic art.
Among them are the Miguel de Cervantes Library (Shanghai); the Pro Helvetia Shanghai; the Swiss Arts Council (Shanghai); the Swatch Art Peace Hotel (Shanghai); and Fotografiska (Stockholm, New York, Tallinn).
The Miguel de Cervantes Library will present a solo project by José Manuel Ballester, winner of the Spanish National Photography Prize.
Furthermore, Browsing in Disguise, supported by Pro Helvetia Shanghai, will offer the works of three emerging Swiss artists who rethink technological images and the new forms of production associated with them.
The group exhibition Dialogues features several emerging photographic talents who have participated in the Swatch Art Peace Hotel art residency. Finally, Fotografiska will showcase the works of Lori Nix and Kathleen Gerber. The artistic duo is known for making and photographing ultrarealistic miniatures.
Established in 2021, the Publishing sector celebrates photo books and art publications. This year, the sector includes more than 10 high-quality publishers.
Northing, a nonproﬁt cultural organization, will show a selection of Norwegian photo books in collaboration with Fotobokfestival Oslo 2023. They will include a new book published by Kinakaal Forlag, created by Shanghai artist Ma Liang and Bergen artist Tonje Bøe Birkeland.
In addition, GOST Books, one of the UK’s leading independent publishers of visual arts and photography, will features the newly-revised edition of Mark Power’s project. The Shipping Forecast depicts the 31 sea areas of Western Europe.
It will also exhibit Gli Isolani, a two-year project by award-winning female photographer Alys Tomlinson. It documents the traditional costumes worn on the islands of the Venetian Lagoon, Sicily as well as Sardinia.
Creo initiates as well as organizes events and programming across three key strands: photography, ﬁlm and contemporary art. Established in 2007 as the World Photography Organization, Creo has grown in scope. It furthered its mission of developing meaningful opportunities for creatives and expanded the reach of its cultural activities.
Today, its ﬂagship projects include the Sony World Photography Awards, Sony Future Filmmaker Awards, PhotoFairs Shanghai, Photo London and the forthcoming PhotoFairs New York (September 2023).
Taking its name from the Latin for “I create,” it is in that spirit that Creo sets out to empower and give agency to creative voices.