Shanghai Exhibition Center
Shanghai, China
8 – 10 September 2017

PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai, Asia Pacific’s most authoritative platform on contemporary photography, today confirms the leading artists and institutions from around the world who will participate in its inaugural Staged program.

Focusing on the relationship between photography and other art forms, Staged is a curated initiative that spotlights artists working with installation art, sculpture, video, performance and painting to reinterpret photography. It will be the first time many of the pieces have been shown in China, giving collectors and buyers from across Asia Pacific a unique opportunity to discover new work.

PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai is supported by Presenting Partner, Porsche and runs 8-10 September at the Shanghai Exhibition Center.

Welcome to Birdhead

Contemporary artistic duo Birdhead (ShanghART Gallery) capture their experience of daily Shanghai life with their 13m x 3m photographic installation ‘Welcome to Birdhead’.  The large-scale work captures the ever-changing metropolis of Shanghai and can be seen as a meditation of the contemporary city experience.

2015 Family Tree

Making its Chinese debut is ‘2015 Family Tree’ by one of China’s most influential and provocative contemporary artists, Zhang Huan.  Presented by Pace Gallery, ‘Family Tree’ is a performance piece documented in 9 still photographs in which Huan uses the face as a surface on which words, names and stories connected to his cultural heritage are, literally, written.


As an artist with a PhD in Chemistry, Zhang Jin bridges art and science with his artworks.  In ‘ME’, presented by LUXELAKES: A4 Art Museum, Chengdu, Jin’s work focuses on Melamine (also known as ME), the additive used to adulate milk in the widely-remembered 2008 toxic milk scandal in China.


New York-based artist Oliver Herring presents ‘Photogarmet’, a collection of textiles designed by the artist, each printed with dynamic images of local volunteers performing at OCAT Xi’an.  Garments are worn by a person posing as a mannequin, thereby reanimating the image.  Courtesy of artist Oliver Herring, OCAT Xi’an, and BANK, Shanghai.

The Gap Between Performance and Photography

The relationship between the documentary function of photography and the site-specific character of performance is explored by the Shanghai Himalayas Museum through the study of Chinese performance artist He Chengyao’s works.

The Real and Other Places

Video work by artists Daniel Crooks, Joe Hamilton, Katrin Koenning, Sonia Leber and David Chesworth will be presented by the Centre for Contemporary Photography (Melbourne).  Each artist explores photography’s complex relationship to the real.


Emerging Australian artist Sara Oscar will create a site-specific wallpaper installation for the fair, and will be presented by the Australian Centre of Photography (Sydney).  Responding to the iconic ‘Sunbaker’ image by revered Australian photographer Max Dupain, Oscar’s large-scale wallpaper pushes the boundaries of the photographic medium and incorporates historical archive images along with digital collage and painting.

Peter Aerschmann, 5th Street / Anne Deleporte, Princesse Y

The Maison Européenne de la Photographie (Paris) has a vast photography collection comprising more than 20,000 works.  In recognition of the increasing number of photographers exploring ‘moving image’, the MEP’s video collection has also expanded over the last 10 years.  Two artists from this collection – Anne Deleporte (France) and Peter Aerschmann (Switzerland) – are presented at the fair.

Fantastic Ordinary

Leading South Korean artists Wong Seoung-Won and Han Sungpil are amongst those presented by The Museum of Photography, Seoul (MOPS) and SUUM Project in the ‘Fantastic Ordinary’ exhibition.  The presentation will examine how photography transforms the ordinary into the extraordinary using different techniques and approaches.