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        Project directors: RongRong, inri
        Opening: Saturday, April 13, 2013, 15:00
        Duration: April 13 to June 9, 2013
        Open 10:00 to 18:00, Tuesday through Sunday
        Location: Three Shadows Photography Art Centre

         

        Participating Artists: An Yi, Cao Qiongyue, CHAN Kai Chun, Chen Xiaoxuan, Dai Jianyong, Du Yanfang, He Wei, Huang Dongli, Li Fangzhou, Li Jun, Li Xinzhao, Mu Ge, Ning Kai, Ouyang Fu, Qu Yi, Shen Peiyu, Shi Minfeng, Sun Lüe, Sun Xiao, Tang Jing, Wen Min, Xue Yuan, Yan Zichou, Yu Xiqi, Zhang Chen, Zhang Wang, Zhou Yichen, and Zhu Jinjing.

         

        Selection Committee:
        Wang Huangsheng: Director, CAFA Art Museum, Beijing
        Paul Martineau: Associate Curator, Department of Photographs, The J. Paul Getty Museum, USA
        Brett Rogers: Director, The Photographers' Gallery, London, UK
        RongRong: Photographer, founder of Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, Beijing

         

        After intense deliberation by the selection committee, 28 finalists have been selected out of the 504 candidates to participate in the fifth Three Shadows Photography Award (TSPA) exhibition. This year's finalists are An Yi, Cao Qiongyue, CHAN Kai Chun, Chen Xiaoxuan, Dai Jianyong, Du Yanfang, He Wei, Huang Dongli, Li Fangzhou, Li Jun, Li Xinzhao, Mu Ge, Ning Kai, Ouyang Fu, Qu Yi, Shen Peiyu, Shi Minfeng, Sun Lüe, Sun Xiao, Tang Jing, Wen Min, Xue Yuan, Yan Zichou, Yu Xiqi, Zhang Chen, Zhang Wang, Zhou Yichen, and Zhu Jinjing.  This year's Photography Award includes the Three Shadows Photography Award and the Shiseido Prize for Female Photographers. The final results of the competition had be announced on April 13, 2013, after the international final selection committee has made its decisions. The Award Ceremony coincided with the opening of the exhibition.

        Li Jun won the Three Shadows Photography Award, and Du Yanfang the Shiseido Prize for Female Photographer.

        An Yi

        Born in 1989 in Lanzhou, Gansu

         

        Cao Qiongyue

        Born in 1984 in Jiangjin, Chongqing

        2009        Graduated from the oil painting department at the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute

         

        Michael Kai Chun Chan

        Born in 1980 in Hong Kong

        2012        Graduated from the Hong Kong Art School and RMIT University with a Bachelor of Arts in Photography

         

        Chen Xiaoxuan

        Born in 1986

        2005-2009     Studied at the Central Academy of Fine Arts

        2009-2012     Studied at the Central Academy of Fine Arts

         

        Dai Jianyong

        Born in 1976 in Wuyuan, Jiangxi Province

         

         

        Du Yanfang

        Born in 1984 in Hunan Province

        Lives and works in Beijing

        2011        Graduated from the photography department at the Central Academy of Fine Arts

         

        He Wei 

        Born in 1984 in Shijiazhuang, Hebei Province

        Currently lives and works in Beijing

        2007        Graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts at Minzu University

         

        Huang Dongli

        Born in 1990

        Currently studying for a master's degree in video advertising at China Academy of Art

        2012        Graduated from the photography department at the China Academy of Art

         

        Li Fangzhou

        Born in 1989 in Chongqing

        Currently studying for a master's degree in ceramics design at the Design School at the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute

        2007-2011     Studied art history at the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute

         

        Li Jun

        Born in 1977 in Chongqing

        Currently lives and works in Chengdu,

        2000        Graduated from the College of Literature and Journalism at Chongqing Normal University

        2006        Worked at the Photography and Digital Media Studio at the Central Academy of Fine Arts

         

        Li Xinzhao

        Born in 1980 in Zhengzhou, Henan Province

        Studied at the University of the Arts in London, the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, and the International Center for Photography in New York

         

        Mu Ge

        Born in 1979

        Currently lives and works in Chengdu, Sichuan Province

         

        Ning Kai

        Born in 1987 in Zhengzhou, Henan Province

        Currently lives and works in Zhengzhou

        2008        Graduated from Henan University of Technology

         

        Ouyang Fu

        Born in 1992 in Macao

        Currently studying communications design at Shih Chien University

         

        Qu Yi

        Born in 1985 in Shanghai

        2007        Graduated from the undergraduate graphic design department at Tama Art University

        2009        Graduated from the graduate graphic design department at Tama Art University

         

        Shen Peiyu

        Born in 1988 in Taipei, Taiwan

         

        Shi Minfeng

        Born in 1968 in Beijing

        Currently lives and works in Beijing

         

        Sun Lüe

        Born in 1976

        Currently lives and works in Beijing

         

        Sun Xiao

        Born in 1984 in Xining, Qinghai

        2007        Graduated from the journalism department at Nanchang University

         

        Tang Jing

        Born in 1981 in Wuhan, Hubei Province

        2004                     Graduated from the sculpture department at the Hubei Institute of Fine Arts

        2006-Present         Studying photography at Kunsthochschule Kassel

         

        Wen Min

        Born in 1981 in Yongzhou, Hunan Province

        Currently lives and works in Beijing
        2010        Graduated with a master's degree in photography from the Beijing Film Academy

        2006        Graduated with a bachelor's degree in photography from the Beijing Film Academy

         

        Xue Yuan

        Born in 1983 in Lanzhou, Gansu Province

        Currently lives and works in Beijing

         

        Yan Zichou

        Born in 1989 in Jinhua, Zhejiang Province

        Currently lives and works in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province

        2011        Graduated from Zhejiang Gongshang University

         

        Yu Xiqi

        Born in 1975 in Wenzhou, Zhejiang Province

        Currently lives and works in Valencia, Spain

        Graduated from the fashion design department at the Escola d'Art i Superior de Disseny de Valencia

        Continued to study in the photography departmentat the Escola d'Art i Superior de Disseny de Valencia

         

        Zhang Chen

        Born in 1984 in Changsha, Hunan Province

        Currently lives and works in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province

        2007        Graduated from the art education department at Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts. Guangzhou China

        2010        Honorary Master's Degree, Experimental Imaging and Illustration, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, USA

         

        Zhang Wang

        Born in 1978

        Currently lives and works in Beijing

         

        Zhou Yichen

        Born in 1986 in Inner Mongolia

        Currently studying photography at Parsons The New School for Design

         

        Zhu Jinjing

        Born in 1978 in Beijing

        Currently lives and works in Beijing

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

        Message from the Three Shaodws Founders RongRong & inri Founders, Directors

          This year marks the fifth anniversary of the Three Shadows Photography Award. Held in every spring, it never fails to bring us new expectations.
          The establishment of the Three Shadows Photography Award presented us with great difficulty and many challenges: from the first edition, Outward Expressions, Inward Reflections in 2008, Point of Impact in 2009,Confluence in 2010, Myriad Visions in 2011, Crossover in 2012 to Essential Impressions this year.
          "Essential Impressions" indicates self-discovery, that is, there is no difference between essence (theory) and reality (thing). Therefore, "Essential Impressions" refers to the ideas of outward phenomena and inherent truth—the difference between them being an equality of spirit. In time and space, there are infinitely persistent reasons.
          This is the origin of the Three Shadows Photography Award. Looking back, the influence of these artists and their works is already widespread. As a unique art language, photography has changed this era with its emergence and will continue to change it with its development. It has been less than 200 years since the birth of photography to the present, but it is closely linked with the transformations of the times in which we live. In recent decades, China has undergone tremendous changes, and the presence of photography is where its strength and charm lie.
          Our memory will fade as time goes by, however, photography can connect us to the past. And now,photography can also present us with the future.
          On the occasion of the opening ceremony, I would like to extend my gratitude to all the artists participating in this exhibition. It is your extraordinary works that make us feel the warmth of spring.Moreover, I would like to thank esteemed international panel of judges. They are: Mr. Paul Martineau, Associate Curator at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, Ms. Brett Rogers, Director of The Photographers' Gallery in London. Mr. Wang Huangsheng, curator of the Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum in Beijing, and Rong Rong, founder of the Three Shadows Photography Art Centre. It is your enthusiasm and support that make the Three Shadows Photography Award possible. Here, our special thanks also go to the Japanese Shiseido Company, our longtime supporters, who year after year support the Shiseido Prize for Best Female Photographer. Every year, we can see evolving works by an increasingly large number of female photographers.
          Finally, I would like to thank all the artists, jurors, and staff of Three Shadows. It is your professional dedication that has helped to make this exhibition a success!

         

        April 1st, 2013

         

        The 2013 Three Shadows Photography Award

          In 2013, Three Shadows received thousands of submissions from over 500 applicants. After the intense deliberation of the jury, 28 artists have been selected to participate in Essential Impressions: The 2013 Three Shadows Photography Award Exhibition. By now, it is the fifth year for the successful hosting of the Three Shadows Photography Award.
          As a non-governmental institution dedicated exclusively to photography, Three Shadows Photography Centre founded the annual Three Shadows Photography Award with a mission to provide a platform for China's young photographers to exchange ideas. Apart from recognition and encouragement, Three Shadows also promote young photographers' work through the publication of photography books and regular exhibitions. Over the past five years, the award has gradually developed its own unique characteristics, which differentiate it from other photography awards.
          In the past few years, most of the participants were born in the 1970s and 1980s, with the youngest being born in 1996. It has included artists from mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan,Macao, and overseas Chinese photographers as well. They instinctively chose photography as the medium of expression to reflect their individual inner world and demonstrate the true emotions of ordinary people. From the expression of individual innermost feelings to China's rapid development,from visual observation to photographic exploration, their works perfectly reveal their perception and interpretation of the world.
          In the award selection process, instead of using a fixed method of judgment, Three Shadows Photography Art Centre focuses on conceptual representation, grasp of photographic language, selfexpression,theme selection and realization. At the same time, the varied perspectives of the jury also contribute to the diversity and richness of the final results. This is not just vital in terms of allowing the Three Shadows Photography Award to maintain its attractiveness and positive reputation at home and abroad, but it is also the essential requirement for its long-term development.
          After five demanding years of development, the Three Shadows Photography Award Exhibition has showcased the work of over 100 photographers, and some works have been displayed abroad thanks to our ongoing cooperation with various international
        photography institutions. In the future, Three Shadows will continue to commit itself to introducing contemporary Chinese photography to the world and promoting the development of creative photography in China.

         

        Creating an Exhibition that Honors the Artist

          There are not many places where one can learn the particulars of how to create an exhibition. The best examples are not only a pleasure to experience visually but also are engaging intellectually. Most art museum curators learn how to organize exhibitions from other curators while on the job. As a rule, they attend many shows, often turning a critical eye on the displays in an effort to learn something from their strengths and weaknesses. There are numerous decisions to be made when organizing an exhibition of photographs, and in my experience, the general public is generally unaware of the extent of the planning and work that is involved. Organizing an exhibition at the Getty Museum typically requires two years preparation or more. 
          In the Department of Photographs, our exhibitions are drawn from the permanent collection and are supplemented by loans from public and private sources as necessary, so any exhibition begins with a review of our holdings. For a monographic show, I like to look at the photographer’s extant books and exhibition catalogues to try to identify what needs doing now. For example, has a particular part of the photographer’s career been overlooked or judged too harshly? I enjoy my work all the more if I am able to find a way to contribute something new to the existing scholarship while creating unified and visually stimulating exhibition.
          I count myself as one of the fortunate people, who are able to develop an overall vision for my exhibitions at an early stage in their development. I try to create a space in the galleries where the work will feel "at home." This takes into consideration the personality or spirit of the artist and the type of work to be shown as well as way the photographs are prepared (i.e. the color and thickness of the mats and the frame). And the way the photographs are laid out in the gallery (i.e. whether they are hung in a single row, double row, or in a grid, and the spacing between the frames). I rarely advocate a salon style hang as I find photographs are often too subtle to be properly appreciated when crowded together on a wall. The overarching design scheme and color of the gallery walls are also important considerations (i.e. for an exhibition of aerial photographs I chose sky blue for the walls). Other fine-points include the communication that happens between individual works of art and achieving a dynamic balance by hanging two walls asymmetrically and two walls symmetrically, in terms of numbers and sizes of photographs.
          Judging how much gallery space is needed can be tricky because I usually have to reserve the space long before I have had the opportunity to develop a checklist. I must take a guess, but I do so certain that I would rather have a small, focused exhibition of works of the highest quality than have too much space and be forced to fill it with objects that do not have much wall power. Regardless of the quality of the work, if you put too many photographs on view, there is a risk that visitors will leave the exhibition exhausted and disenchanted rather than exhilarated and wanting to see more.  
          When I give gallery talks, I always try to shed some light on the choices I've made during the exhibition process. When speaking about these details, I have noticed that our visitors listen very carefully and respond by asking questions.  At a time when the words "curator" and "curate" have become trendy (i.e. "The shop owner curated an exquisite display of her most expensive wares.") it becomes more important than ever, I think, for the public to gain a better understanding of what curators do and why our specialized skills and knowledge should be valued.

        Paul Martineau
        Associate Curator
        Department of Photographs
        The J. Paul Getty Museum