The 3rd Nanjing International Art Festival will be based on the overall experience of the previous two festivals, while being even more committed to professionalism, academic value, and international promotion. From the main framework of the exhibitions to the specific topics, and academic orientation, all areas will be subject to detailed planning, with the aim being to conduct dialogue with the international art community, as to stimulate the creative spirit and enthusiasm of artists.


  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 working to have the exhibition make an impact on academic issues currently facing the field of contemporary art. General Curator Mr. Lu Peng's interpretation of the exhibition's academic theme is as follows:


  The theme of this exhibition is not an attempt to promote a single direction in art, but rather to bring up questions regarding history and reality that relate to art, while focusing on the period from the 1990s to the present. The General Curator merely goes through the process of exploring and providing his personal opinion on the meaning of "examining the historical background of today" and "HISTORICODE" to provide exhibition judges and artists who hope to participate with a possible way of thinking. What question about art today do we care most about? How do we look at previous "contemporary art" and the historical factors involved in contemporary art? In today's world, what exactly is the mission of art? The General Curator does not conceal his own views: for a fairly long period, contemporary art has been in the situation of resembling lukewarm water that does little to produce a positive reaction and has featured thinking that is manifestly devoid of meaning, losing the passion and curiosity about art that it featured prior to the 1980s. Perhaps, just like at the end of the 19th century and beginning of the 20th, humanity has changed its view of art. However, could it be that the diversity of views making up contemporary art constitute flourishing on the surface, but also a lack of underlying legitimacy?In the era of globalization where economic might determines all, does the "wealth" of art simply cover up the lack of "spirituality"? Or, when we are discussing art today should we not use the word "spirituality"?What about discussing the fate of the humanistic and intellectual tradition that has sustained human civilization from the renaissance on? HISTORICODE is concerned with the orientation and goals of values, with the continued existence of humans and reasons for development; it uses the economic terms "depression" and "supply" in the hope of discussing problems that will continue to exist and bring out solutions to these problems. In short, regarding the theme of the exhibition we can summarize it as follows: if the creation of history is still our mission, filtering and analyzing problems that humanity faces today and unearthing a wealth of possible solutions are the artistic motivations and themes that this exhibition desires to bring out.



  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.


  Based on the experience and results of the previous two festivals, 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 and on the foundation of Academic Committee nominations retain organizational methods of the previous two global selection processes. The goal is to give more artists the opportunity to receive widespread attention.


  As Mr. Lu Peng puts it: The exhibition allows artists to use their works to express different positions, attitudes, and perceptions towards today's world. Dismantling the established habits people have towards the world and knowledge, showing the feelings and thoughts that emerge from concrete problems, exposing the many problems regarding and causes of the decline of humanity and even bringing up possible resolutions to these problems, rethinking and redefining the characteristics of humanity's "civilization" and "history." This is the thinking and logic behind the plan for "HISTORICODE: Scarcity and Supply."

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