Photography mission for the French Institute of China

DATESAPRIL 24-30, 2024

From April 24 to 30, the Doors agency organized a trip to Shanghai for a group of French photography professionals. The trip, financed by the Institut Français, took place during Shanghai PhotoFairs, the city’s photography fair, which the participants were able to discover. The trip also included visits to galleries and art museums, as well as meetings with photographers, collectors and publishers, with the aim of strengthening professional exchanges between the photography spheres of China and France, and exploring and deepening possibilities for future cooperation.

Participating art professionals

Aurélia Marcadier

Aurélia Marcadier ©Samuel Kirszenbaum

An art historian, Aurelia Marcadier worked for six years in a gallery-publishing house before founding TEMPLE in 2013, dedicated to emerging photography and publishing. At the helm of PhotoSaintGermain since 2015, she is responsible for the artistic direction of the festival as well as the production of original exhibitions in unusual venues featured in the program. Coordinator of the Multiple Art Days publishers’ fair in 2016 and 2017, she also collaborates with cultural institutions such as the Philharmonie and the Opéra as photo editor. She regularly acts as an expert for workshops, juries and portfolio readings at art schools and cultural events. A member of the Les Filles de la Photo association, she was patron of the mentoring program in 2023.

Emila Genuardi

Emilia Genuardi ©Laurent Villere

Emilia Genuardi is a specialist in contemporary photography and an exhibition curator. Driven by the desire to create a fair with a unique format, in 2017 she founded the a ppr oc he fair, dedicated to artists experimenting with the image, for which she co-signs the artistic direction each year alongside guest curators. Cultivating her support for contemporary creation, in 2023 Emilia Genuardi imagines unRepresented by a ppr oc he, the first fair dedicated to artists not represented in galleries and supported by a community of collectors. These two independent annual events are produced by the a ccr oc he company, which she founded and has run since 2018. In 2023, the a ccr oc he team launches Proche, an association dedicated to contemporary artists, promoting and disseminating their work through moral and financial support for contemporary art events and projects in France and internationally.

Victoria Jonathan

Victoria Jonathan is a French curator and co-founder of Doors, a cultural agency based in Paris and Beijing. From 2017 to 2019, she was co-artistic director of the Jimei x Arles international photography festival and created the first prize for Chinese women photographers. Recent curatorial projects include monographic exhibitions by Chinese photographers Feng Li and Luo Yang in Paris (Festival PhotoSaintGermain, Paris, 2021), the exhibition “Flowing Waters Never Return to the Source: Photographers Gazing at the River in China” (Abbaye de Jumièges, as part of the programming of the Normandie Impressionist 2020 Festival), Lei Lei’s installation at the Fête International de la Photographie de l’Arles (2019)…. She is particularly interested in the link between art and collective memory. She has lectured at international art and photography venues (Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Asia Now Art Fair in Paris, Jaou Festival in Tunisia, Chennai Biennale of Photography in India). She is a member of the organizing committee of the PhotoSaintGermain festival (Paris).

A few views of the trip






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