因为诞生于深圳这座以“活力” 、“创新” 、“包容”为标签的年轻城市，国际城区影像节同样以极大的好奇心，关注着本土创作和中国影像环境的每一点改变。它以这座快速运转的城市为切片，审视城区这一概念下每个个体的表达方式与相互影响，就像显微镜从表皮纹理深入到毛细血管，观察血液的流动。
Urban area refers to the district, which highly concentrates the population, the institution, the economy and the culture of the city. In here, the wonderful things of the city interweave with the citizens’ activities more closely.
Shenzhen International Urban Images Festival (IUIF) always adheres to the goal being on intimate terms with the city and its citizens since the first time in 2014. By letting the exhibitions be held in the communities, the parks, the libraries, the bookshops, the schools, the office buildings and the galleries, it builds an organic link and interaction between the public and the cultural landscape.
In 2014, the IUIF had launched officially by giving priority to international urban constructed culture, and focusing on the pioneer of Shenzhen urban village- Shuiweicun. It praised the city in the way of the collision between the international vision and local culture.
In 2015, the IUIF recorded the age through a dozen of exhibitions and artistic activities in five core city areas, including Shenzhen Central Park, and it increased extensive professional attention.
In 2016, the IUIF started with the theme of “JE est un autre ”, and in about one month, hold 28 artistic exhibitions and “JE est un autre ” theme of seminar: bringing " Magnum Contact Sheets Exhibition" to Shenzhen University, “A Century of the American National Geographic Exhibition” exhibition to the natural environment of Shenzhen Central Park, the first multimedia exhibition of “The World Press Photo Contest” to China and cooperating with Poland National Film Museum. These top exhibitions brought firstly to China, had completed a non-obstruction cultural mix together with children, old people, students and office workers and even attracted many viewers from other cities.
Although IUIF seems to be filled with images about motion pictures and photographs, in its deep side it is more like an artistic festival. It not only pays attention to pictures and videos, but also all of new and interesting visual form and experiment.
Therefore, it is never shown in a single form: photos, films, installations, animations, new media arts, music, dance, even performance art, which are its ways to close and infect audiences.
Last year, two large installations -“Ge Zhi” in the Shenzhen Center Park and Shuiwei Cultural Square integrated modern dance and avant-garde music and brought new audio-visual impact to the viewers. This year, the installation “Tian Yuan”, also called “The Eye of Shenzhen” by the viewers, creating a total new way in structure to enjoy the exhibition.
Born in Shenzhen, which is a young city with the label of “energy”, “creation”, and “inclusion”, IUIF has a great curiosity to pay an attention to the every change of local creation and the environment of Chinese images. It regards this fast-running city as a slice, to look at the expression and interaction of every individual in the concept of urban, just like under the microscope watching the flow of blood through the texture of skin and blood capillary.
It launched the image projects: Family and Me having everyone become photographers and participants, and expressing the tender feelings about families; Pick up——Image of Aohu Village, focusing on the Hakka village established over a century ago at the junction of Shenzhen and Dongguan and trying to show what the village really is under the impact of economic waves through the images, installation, performance art, earth art, literature and etc. created by local artists; “Capillaries of the Field—2016 Exhibition of Art Institutions from the Pearl River Delta” collecting the result about the thinking of “art intervenes in society” from nine art units in Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao.
At the same time, IUIF takes it as its own duty to build up the connection and broaden the academic borders of art among Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao. And it also cooperates and obtains the academic support from universities and institutions, including: China Dominant-journalism and Documentary Photography Development Center, Adam Mickiewicz Institute, Shenzhen University, Sun Yat-sen University, The Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University, University of Macau and so on.
This year The Trick of Seeing—A Thematic Exhibition of Chinese Video and Photographic Artists invited 13 active video-photographic artists to dialogue in their works. It made a point that the development of new technology had the seeing become the center of visual art day by day, and discussed that the core of photography hadn’t concern the objectivity or the images themselves. "JE est un autre " theme of seminar invited many other scholars and artists to deeply explore the relation between “je(ego)” and “autre(the other)” and made the exhibition continue obtaining the academic effect beyond the scene.
Although IUIF is still young like Shenzhen by just being held three terms, it has its own mature calmness. It does not stimulate the desire of seeing through image of carnival, but explores and demonstrates unlimitedly the rich possibilities of images in a new dimension by sticking to the independent management in pure vision.
Its persistence is not stubborn and makes it be respected and recognized: Come Across Marc Riboud is invited to keep on showing in The MIXC Shenzhen, Trick Of Seeing tours in 21 Space Art Museum, Magnum Contact Sheets also receives the invitations from many national exhibition venues…
Finally, section International Urban Image Festival for you to present this yearbook, record its complete metamorphosis again, and it involved in shaping the city spirit.
Eventually, IUIF presents you this yearbook documenting its another completed transformation and the city spirit it involves and shapes.