Each Winter, Jimei x Arles shows 8 exhibitions coming from Rencontres d’Arles alongside 20 Chinese and Asian photography exhibitions. The festival also promotes Chinese talents on an international scale, with its Discovery Award, shown in Arles every year.
It was created in 2015 by Sam Stourdzé, then director of Rencontres d’Arles, and Chinese photographer RongRong, founder of China’s first photography museum, Three Shadows Photography Art Centre (Beijing and Xiamen), with the support of Xiamen’s Jimei District.
As a cross-cultural platform, Jimei x Arles introduces the work of major international photographers to Chinese audiences (René Burri, Joel Meyerowitz, William Wegman, Toilet Paper, Paolo Woods…) and promotes Young Chinese Photography (Feng Li, Pixy Liao, Luo Yang, Lei Lei…) on an international level through its two awards (Discovery Award and Women Photographers Award).
The festival also acts as a regional hub with its yearly focus on the photographic scene from a guest country in Asia (India, South Korea, Indonesia, Japan…).
Bérénice Angremy and Victoria Jonathan have acted as directors of Jimei x Arles from 2017 to 2019, while Doors was in charge of the organization of the festival, assuming its art direction, production (30 exhibitions per year), communication (online & offline), press relations & social media management, sponsors & partnerships, public programming.
From 2017 to 2019, Jimei x Arles hosted 100 exhibitions showcasing the work of almost 400 artists, attracting a total of 215,000 visitors.
During their time at Jimei x Arles, Doors created the first award dedicated to women photographers in China (Jimei x Arles Women Photographers Award) and a platform to highlight Asian contemporary photography, initiating collaborations with major artists and institutions from India, South Korea and Indonesia. Doors also reinforced the media and partnership strategy of the festival (generating more than 1,500 media clippings).