Minsheng Lecture Urban Independent Space
Yan You, Yao Yao
Guest: Yan You, Yao Yao
Host: Lin Ye
Date: 14:00-16:00 Saturday, July 27, 2019
Venue: Multimedia Interactive Hall, Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum (Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum (Xinyefang 3, Wenshui Road 210, Jing’an District)
Co-hosts: Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum, City Hall of The Paper
Established in 2009 as a blog, Jiazazhi has grown into a comprehensive independent space functioning as a photobook publisher, photography showcase, bookstore, library, photo gallery, and event host. Influential in China, Jiazazhi is also well-known abroad as a vital independent photobook publisher.
For years, this independent space has been striking against pressure from all directions, focusing on organizing events on photography and maintaining its independence. Through the practice of Jiazazhi, photography transcends from merely a medium to a key pivot, surprisingly connecting virtuality and reality, domestic and international space, photographers and readers, etc.
The evolution of Jiazazhi is “a journey of abandoning,” according to Yan You, the founder of Jiazazhi. This independent space did not develop complying to an elaborate plan of the founders, but to the guidance of frequent experiments with unknown consequences. Interestingly, it is through abandoning that Jiazazhi obtains unique aura. Through this lecture, we can better observe the interaction between the operator and the independent space, so as to better understand the features of the space, as well as how the operator achieve his life goal and meet his social obligation.
Yanyou Yuan Di, founder and director of Jiazazhi Press & Photobook Library. From 2011 till now, he has curated 20 books for Chinese photographers. Some of books he curated was nominate in famous photobook events, such as Aperture-Paris Photo, Kassel Fotobook Festival, Arles Author Book Award. Most recently, Jiazazhi has created a photobook library in Ningbo, China, and the photo magazine JIAZAZHI, featuring works of emerging photographers in China and Eastern Asian.
Photographer, editor. Works and lives in Shanghai.
Translator, freelance writer. Focuses on researching and translating on visual art. Translation works include Origins of Art and Utsutsu na zou by Hiroshi Sugimoto, 50 Years of Japanese Photography, selected translation includes History of Japanese Art Photography. Articles was published at Ray Art Center, Tencent Guyu, The Paper, Art China magazine, ARTFORUM, Chinese Photography, Photography’s Companion, etc.
The independent art space is increasingly injecting lively energy into the vessel of a city, influencing the living quality of the dwellers. The mutual conversion of experimentality and inclusiveness in the unique art ecology bubbles up the possibility of how contemporary art enters daily life and communities. We are going to provide a spotlight for these independent space, to observe how they develop and function with their unique features and energy, and in time, how they shape our art system.