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Public Matters: Photography, Community and Resonance in Jimei X Arles

Online Program

Date: Jun 16, 2020
Time: 03:30 pm - 04:30 pm IST
Venue: Online

In partnership with the Alkazi Foundation for the Arts, we bring a series of virtual guided tours of the group exhibition ‘Catalyst’ curated by Rahaab Allana, exhibited at the JIMEI x ARLES 2019 International Photo Festival in China.


Discussion Title: Public Matters: Photography, Community and Resonance in Jimei X Arles

Panellists

Bérénice Angremy & Victoria Jonathan, Co-directors, Jimei x Arles (2017-2019), Co-founders, Doors Agency ??

Rahaab Allana, Curator/Publisher Alkazi Foundation for the Arts and curator of Catalyst exhibition at Jimei x Arles 2019


As part of Doors Agency ?? , which was was co-founded in China in 2017 by Bérénice Angremy and Victoria Jonathan, two French professionals who live between Paris and Beijing, the discussion with Rahaab Allana (Curator, Alkazi Foundation) extends to their position for the Jimei x Arles Festival (2017-2019), and speaks to the place of photography in the present


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About CATALYST | JIMEIXARLES 2019, CHINA


Drawing upon images of personal testimony, this exhibition showcased an assemblage of artists exploring interpersonal connections through community-driven imperatives. The works on display presented embedded regional narratives - an emergent visual politics, moving beyond known stereotypes of identity imagery. These new juxtapositions explored aesthetic 'positions' around our cultural past and present, renewing empiricist claims to creatively dialogue with the popular.


Exhibiting Artists: Abhijit Pal, Adhi Moolaperumal, Aishwarya Arumbakkam, Arun Vijai Mathavan, Ashfika Rahman, Azadeh Akhlaghi, Bharat Bhushan Mahajan, Kinshan Chand Hemlani, Mayco Naing, Photo Peshawar (Sean Foley and Lukas Birk), Pramod Pati and Sukanya Ghosh


Bios of speakers for the June 16, 2020 panel


Bérénice Angremy and Victoria Jonathan, Co-directors, Jimei x Arles (2017-2019), Doors ?? Co-founder | FRA - @victoriajonathan @doorsmenyi 


Bérénice Angremy and Victoria Jonathan have been co-directors of the photo festival Jimei x Arles (2017-2019), created in China by Les Rencontres d ?Arles and Three Shadows Photography Art Centre. They have curated several exhibitions on Chinese art and photography: The Stars,1979-2019. Pioneers of contemporary art in China (Paris, 2019), Flowing waters never go back to the source. Photographers looking at the river in China (Jumièges Abbey, 2020), Luo Yang. Girls & Boys (Les Rencontres d'Arles, 2020), Lei Lei. Romance in Lushan Cinema (Les Rencontres d'Arles and Jimei x Arles, 2019). Their agency Doors develops cultural projects between Europe and China, notably with the Picasso Museum, the Giacometti Foundation and the Henri Cartier-Bresson Foundation. 


Bérénice Angremy has lived and worked in China for almost 20 years where she established two pioneer art events on the local art scene: the 798 Dashanzi International Art Festival (DIAF, 2004-2007) with artist Huang Rui, and Caochangdi PhotoSpring - Arles in Beijing festival (2010-2012) with photographers RongRong and Inri. She was the cultural attaché at the French Embassy in China (2013-2017), co- director of the artistic agency Thinking Hands (2004-2012) and curator of exhibitions such as the Chinese program of the Rencontres d'Arles in 2007, Action (Denmark Louisiana, 2007) or Dior and the Chinese artists (UCCA, 2008). 


Victoria Jonathan lives and works between Paris and Beijing, China.A graduate from Columbia University (East Asian Studies) and La Sorbonne (Philosophy), after collaborating as an artistic director or independent producer on numerous projects with creators (Soundwalk, Philippe Starck), cultural institutions (Center Pompidou, lille3000), brands (Louis Vuitton, Estee Lauder, Chanel) and festivals (Caochangdi PhotoSpring - Arles in Beijing, Nuit Blanche), Victoria Jonathan established in China in 2013, where she taught at Beijing University before joining the French Embassy’s cultural section. She has directed radio and documentaries on the Chinese art scene for French national radio station France Culture, and TV channel Voyage.


Rahaab Allana, Curator/Publisher Alkazi Foundation for the Arts | IND

@rahaaballana


Rahaab Allana is Curator/Publisher of the Alkazi Foundation for the Arts (New Delhi); Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society (London) and Honorary Research Associate at the University College (London). He has curated various lens-based exhibitions, working with institutions and festivals internationally. He is the author of Inherited Spaces, Inhabited Places (2010); and has served as Guest Editor for Marg and the Lalit Kala Akademi Journals on photography specific issues in the past. He is also the Founding/Managing Editor of PIX, a theme-based photography initiative and exhibitionary platform in its tenth year; and is Guest Editor for a forthcoming issue with Aperture Magazine. 


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