Part of our goal here at Photolucida is to develop relationships with jurors/reviewers who are able to provide opportunities for participants in our programming. Here is a profile of a great opportunity-giver that we have worked with over the past few years, Yan Li of High Noon Culture, who is based in Beijing, China.
Yan Li © Noelle Swan Gilbert, 2012
Yan Li has tirelessly funneled both photographers and curators into many exhibition opportunities in various photography festivals in China, resulting in a multitude of group field trips that were over-the-top educational on many levels: photographically, culturally, socially. To be able to travel to China with one's work and with a community of one's photographic peers has been a valuable artistic and life experience for many Photolucida/Critical Mass participants. Certainly the long bus rides, Walmart excursions, and 'guess-what-is-for-dinner' jokes have helped build community as much as hanging an exhibition together in a culture with a different but ever-curious photographic sensibility.
Yan Li has worked with several Chinese photography publications including 'China Photographers' and 'China Popular Photography' in publishing the portfolios of many American photographers listed below, furthering the exposure quotient of the work.
I will attempt a rough summary of all the cultural opportunities that Yan Li has brought to both photographers and curators (most people listed below have been part of Photolucida's programming, apologies if I have left anyone out). Please click on linked names to read about personal experiences/imagery connected to trips to China:
2009 - Dali Photo Festival (Brad Tempkin)
2009 - Lishui Photo Festival - (photographers: Ernie Button, Cat Gwynn, Joni Sternbach, Mitch Dobrowner, David Ellingsen, Douglas Ethridge, Catharine Stebbins, Rich Scott, Rita Maas, Betsy Schneider, Susan Lakin, Mark Tomkins, Cyrus Karimipour, David Wolf, Stan Raucher, Karen & Stephen Strom, Loli Kantor, Rick Scott, Mark Tomkins, Mark Jaremko, Sarah Hadley, Jonathan Lipkin, Philipp Scholz Ritterman, Charles Rozier, Mary Parisi, Mariette Pathy Allen, Carol Isaak. Curators: Laura Moya, Paula Tognarelli, Carol McCusker, Crista Dix, Eric J. Keller, Evan Mirapaul, Ellen Boughn, Jason Houston, Brooks Jensen, and Taj Forer)
2010 - Tangshan/Daquing Photo Trip (Brad Temkin, Shawn Records, Victoria Sorochinski, Michael Itkoff)
2011 - Xiang Sha Wan Photo Week Exhibition - Inner Mongolia - (Brooks Jensen, Brendan R. Kingsley, Chris Rauschenberg, Harold Ross, Justine Reyes, Lauren Semivan, Mo Ruddy Burkhart, Tom Alleman, Walt Strickland)
2011 Yu Tai Shan Exhibition - curated by CM juror Kirsten Rian - (10 photographers)
2011 Lishui Photo Festival - (photographers: Rachel Barrett, Jesse Burke, Susan Worsham, Jamie Gordon, Fran Forman, Noelle Swan Gilbert, Chris Churchill, Michael Kirchoff, Kirk Crippens, Lori Hepner, Ken Sklute, Andy Freeberg, E. Brady Robinson, Wendy Sacks, Amy Stevens, Aline Smithson, Susan Worsham, curators: Ellen Fleurov, Bob Morton, Ann Jastrab, Jennifer Schwartz, Crista Dix, Karen Irvine, Larissa Leclaire, Melanie McWhorter, David Bram)
2011 Xiang Sha Wan Photo Week Exhibition - Inner Mongolia - curator: Laura Moya (Kathleen Laraia McLaughlin, Nancy Newberry, Jane Alden Stevens)
2012 - Wudong Mountain Photo Festival - (Josef Hofleher, Lauren Semivan)And this from Yan Li last week:
I want to let you know that I am planning to submit the work of 12 photographers' portfolios as candidates for Shanghai International Art Show in October, 2012. The theme of the show is "CITY", and I chose the work from Critical Mass photographers. At this point, these are the photographers I have included in group of candidates: Susan A. Barnett, Victoria Bjorklund, Tami Bone, Andrew Burman, Bryan David Griffith, Gabriaela Herman, Liz Hickok, Joseph Holmes, Borhisa Hosaka, Chris Rauschenberg, Traer Scott, and Jacqueline Walters.
Thank you Yan Li, for bringing so many adventurous opportunities to our photographers! And, in a larger sense, helping to further the ongoing dialogue about cultural perspective, personal motivation, and the genre definitions of photography.
Crista Dix © Ann Jastrab
|Desiree Edkins, her exhibit 'Borderline', Lishui Photo Festival|
|Nancy Newberry, Magnum photographer Eli Reed & friends|
|Kathleen Laraia McLaughlin, Laura Moya, Nancy Newberry|