International Photo Exhibition Opens in Wuxi, Jiangsu Province

Visitors pose in front of artworks during the 18th China International Photographic Art Exhibition (CIPAE), which opens in Wuxi, east China’s Jiangsu Province, Aug 3, 2022. Photo : Courtesy of Zhang Shuangshuang

The 18th China International Photographic Art Exhibition (CIPAE) kicked off Wednesday in Wuxi, east China’s Jiangsu Province. Nearly 300 documentary and artistic works by photographers from all over the world are presented in a “non-thematic” way.

Organized jointly by the China Photographers Association (CPA) and the local government of Wuxi, Wednesday’s opening ceremony saw the participation of both institutions as well as the exhibition’s representative photographer Johann van der Walt, former president of the Photographic Society of South Africa.

The photo shows artworks by an Egyptian photographer during the 18th China International Photographic Art Exhibition (CIPAE), which kicked off in Wuxi, east China's Jiangsu Province, on August 3 2022. Photo: Courtesy of Chen Wenwei

The photo shows artworks by an Egyptian photographer during the 18th China International Photographic Art Exhibition (CIPAE), which kicked off in Wuxi, east China’s Jiangsu Province, on August 3 2022. Photo: Courtesy of Chen Wenwei

The exhibition began accepting submissions from around the world in November 2020 and eventually received 140,701 artworks from a total of 17,240 photographers from 120 countries.

After selection by 34 experts, a total of 294 works were presented in the exhibition.

The exhibition comprises three units: “You and me”, “Documentary without theme” and “Art without theme”.

“We use different color palettes to highlight different themes,” explained Chen Xiaobo, curator of the exhibition, during the opening ceremony.

The main tone of the “non-themed art” area is the color yellow, while the “You and me” section uses blue to represent hopes and dreams. The documentary maintains a neutral gray.

Publicity Minister of Wuxi Government Li Qiufeng at the opening ceremony of the 18th China International Photographic Art Exhibition (CIPAE), which opens in Wuxi, Jiangsu Province (eastern China). China), August 3, 2022. Photo: Courtesy of Zhang Shuangshuang

Publicity Minister of Wuxi Government Li Qiufeng at the opening ceremony of the 18th China International Photographic Art Exhibition (CIPAE), which opens in Wuxi, Jiangsu Province (eastern China). China), August 3, 2022. Photo: Courtesy of Zhang Shuangshuang

“Photography is one of the most popular art forms and enjoys wide participation nowadays. CIPAE is a prestigious international photographic event and an important platform for promoting exchanges in photographic art between China and other countries,” said Li Qiufeng, local publicity minister. government, said at the opening ceremony.

This exhibition “is unique compared to other exhibitions, because not only does it attract a lot of attention, but more importantly, it focuses on the works of art rather than the competition. This made the selection more important and more meaningful,” Van der Walt said.

Johann van der Walt, former president of the Photographic Society of South Africa, at the opening ceremony of the 18th China International Photographic Art Exhibition (CIPAE), which opens in Wuxi, in the province of Jiangsu (eastern China), August 3, 2022. Photo: Courtesy of Chen Liming

Johann van der Walt, former president of the Photographic Society of South Africa, at the opening ceremony of the 18th China International Photographic Art Exhibition (CIPAE), which opens in Wuxi, in the province of Jiangsu (eastern China), August 3, 2022. Photo: Courtesy of Chen Liming

In addition to the 294 works, two other exhibitions, respectively presenting the fauna of Brazil and views of modern Iran, can also be visited.

Photographers from Brazil present their work on abundant subjects such as documenting nature and the beauty of wild animals and local history.

The Iran exhibition introduces visitors to the life of the Iranian people today. The youthful vitality of young people and the country’s natural landscape, customs and urban appearance are skillfully displayed in the exhibited photos.

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