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Jimei x Arles International Photo Festival : Forever Young


Forever Young from China Pulse section.

Jimei x Arles invited Tsinghua University to present “Forever Young: Tsinghua University Academy of Arts & Design Photography Education Exhibition”. This exhibition borrows its name from the lyrics inheriting the spirit of Tsinghua University’s motto, “Wuwen Xidong (Forever Young)”. It consists of two parts: “Documentation and Presentation” and “Fiction and Experimentation.”, which reviews and traces back the 30-year history of photography education at the Academy of Arts & Design, Tsinghua University.

The “Documentation and Presentation” section focuses on harnessing the power of straight photography, aiming to create images that “speak to the heart.” This approach aligns with the ideals of Alfred Stieglitz, who emphasized the need to consider photography’s inherent rules and characteristics, ultimately seeking to purify and refine the medium while expressing individual personality. Conversely, the “Fiction and Experimentation” section demonstrates that photography can break free from established aesthetic norms. In this context, it doesn’t necessarily serve the role of eliciting aesthetic pleasure. Instead, these works aim to provide a space for contemplation. Artists continuously expand the content and scope of photographic art through techniques such as role-playing, alteration, appropriation, modeling, AICG, and more.

Curated by Feng Jianguo.

Artists include: Degjinhuu, Feng Jianguo, Gao Yuan, Huang Qiujie, Juan Zi, Lei Lei, Li Tong, Liu Silin, Liu Zirui, Ma Sen, Ma Haoran, Mao Wei, RongRong, Sun Yan, Wang Wei, Wang Shiran, Wang Wenbo and Zhang Yinghan.


Jimei x Arles International Photo Festival
December 15, 2023, to January 21, 2024
Xiamen, China

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