Meet Our 2018 Awards Jury: Wang Xi

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Academic Director of Xie Zilong Photography Museum and curator Wang Xi is our final guest judge in the Invisible Photographer Asia 2018 Awards. Wang believes that being a good photographer and artist, one must not only be self-critical, but also extremely patient in honing one’s craft.
现任策展人,学者,现任谢子龙影像艺术馆学术总监王溪,我们的最终亚洲无形摄影师 (IPA), Wang Xi, 奖评委认为做一名优秀的摄影师和艺术家不仅要自我批评,而且要在珩磨工艺上非常耐心。
How and when did you get involved with the work you do today?

In 2002, when I start to learn photography in the University.


What are your thoughts on and experiences with photography in Asia?

In the past ten years, I’ve curated many art galleries, art festivals, and galleries in China and Asia. Asian photography has very strong diverse themes and rich expressions, but you can also see through many photographers’ expressions and sentiments that they are too influenced by European and American photography styles.

In Asia, with the exception of Japan and a few other places, the historical review of photography has barely taken place. There’s little critical analysis of the medium in Asia as well. Be it museums, art galleries or private collectors, no attention has been paid to the various photography genres. Maybe building understanding from the ground up is still in its infancy.

Photography’s future in Asia will not only grow exponentially, but will also take on a different vernacular practice as compared to other regions.




What in your perspective are the qualities of a good body of work?

Good work must have emotive qualities; it must allow you to feel, regardless of its happy or sad nature. For it to be distinctive, it must be able to express clearly the photographer’s intentions and be thematically related. With exception to photojournalism, photographic disciplines must also be seriously nurtured overtime.


Xie Zilong Photography Museum, China.

Has there been recent work in Asia that caught your attention?

In recent years, I’ve been mainly focusing on the planning and operations of galleries and museums, as well as organising activities focusing on early photography genre (1860-1900s) in various parts of China. I’ve been getting more acquainted with many Chinese photographers and their works. Take for example, Huang Xiao Liang’s《东窗》(East Window) series, Luo Dan’s new theme 《何时离去》(When To Leave), both are breaking the traditional rules of photography, thus, generating a lot of success.  


What advice do you have for photographers and artists?

A lot of research and a lot of time are needed to understand one’s own practice, themes, and ideas. Understand what others have previously done and work hard to make it different. Let the work speak for itself and not rely on written statements. Therefore, train your visual perception.  Establish your own beliefs; persist, and do not reveal your ideas at the start of a project.




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Interview by Siong Chung Hua



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