Liu Yefu, Yao Qingmei in the 3rd Nanjing International Art Festival (NJIAF)

The 3rd Nanjing International Art Festival (NJIAF)

Exhibition Dates: 2016.11.12 – 2017.02.12

Exhibition Venue: Phoenix Mountain Art Park, 646 South General Road, Jiangning District, Nanjing


With Lu Peng as General Curator and Letizia Ragaglia as Joint Curator, the 3rd Nanjing International Art Festival will formally begin on June 1, 2016. This edition of the festival will open to the public at 3 pm on November 12, 2016. It will run from that day until February 12, 2017. The exhibition venue will be the Baijia Lake Museum.

For this year’s Nanjing International Art Festival, “HISTORICODE: Scarcity and Supply” will be the main theme. Through different art forms from different countries and regions, it will contain suggestions and performances that respond to the challenges of globalization, while at the same time trying to have the exhibition make an impact on academic issues currently faced by the field of contemporary art.

From the perspective of the exhibition, HISTORICODE could be seen as “historical code”, “civilizational code” or “humanistic code”. At the heart of these different phrases is a core notion: what kind of history do we choose to shape? Protecting the achievements of mankind is the responsibility of humanity today and a precondition for the future of humanity. This is the question that this exhibition hopes to discuss.

According to General Curator Lu Peng, “We do not want to always use words like “Eastern” and “Western” or “Nation” and “World” to discuss differences and problems, but rather we should seek the juxtaposition of experiences from both the local and from different regions, while observing and making judgments under the contemporary backdrop of globalization.

This year’s edition will add several new distinctions. First, the exhibition will continue to use the General Curator responsibility system. The General Curator is responsible for the general planning and overall implementation while cooperating with the Joint Curator and academic committee. Second, this exhibition will set up a specialized Academic Committee. On the basis of Academic Committee nominations, this session retain the method of open call like  the previous two sessions. The goal is to give more artists the opportunity to receive widespread attention.