PHOTO MACAU is Asia’s international art fair dedicated to art photography, video and new media art which are rapidly gaining recognition in the region. Through a carefully curated collection of galleries from around the world, we aim to bring together the world’s leading galleries, photographers, curators, collectors, dealers and art lovers to become the art fair of reference in Asia.
Through our partners’ support and the expertise and dedication of our international board of advisers – made up of curators, critics and museum directors – PHOTO MACAU will create a platform for those already won over by multimedia and new media art, as well as those looking to expand their knowledge by meeting and interacting with other art enthusiasts and experts in this field.
Photo Macau is a good chance to meet and explore the world of emerging artists on the Asian art scene, as well as viewing works by established international artists.
PHOTO MACAU supported by Macao Government, is proudly presented by Red Balloon Company Limited; a Macau based agency specialised in developing and producing signature art fairs and events in Asia.
Red Balloon Co. Ltd and PHOTO MACAU are supported by a committee of internationally respected artists, professionals, gallerists, collectors and dealers who have advised and organised numerous leading art festivals and fairs around the world.
Red Balloon was founded by Macau-born artist Cecilia Ho. Her vision for PHOTO MACAU is to create a unique event to help open her birth place up to an international audience and boost the cultural offering of Macau, thereby establishing it as one of Asia’s leading cities for art and culture.
“Macau, my hometown, offers such a beautiful mix of cultures. I wanted to be a major part in supporting its efforts to become more open to the international art world. Photo Macau is a project very close to my heart. This city has all the elements to become a cultural hub for Asia, and I want to have an active role in that transformation.” Cecilia Ho, PHOTO MACAU Executive Director.
(Right to left : Thierry Mequillet – Director of Red Balloon Co. Ltd., Cecilia Ho – Founder of PHOTO MACAU, Eric Berti – Consul General of France for Hong Kong and Macau, Dr Alexis Tam, Secretary for Social affairs & Culture of the Macao SAR, Mr Wan Su Cheng, Director of the Department of Publicity & Culture at the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the Macao SAR, Dr. Wilfred Wong, President of Sands China Limited, Mr. Johann Nowak)
(The Elegance of Light | Horst P. Horst)
(Mike Steiner Video Collection | “Irritation! There is a Criminal Touch to Art”)
Situated on the South China coast on the Pearl River Delta and Greater Bay Area, with a unique cultural heritage from both China and Portugal, Macau is home to PHOTO MACAU.
Mostly known for its booming gaming industry, Macau’s cultural heritage is lesser known to international visitors. A Portuguese colony for over four centuries, the city of Macau has known an incredible mix of culture and architecture throughout its history. In 2005, its historic center was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list.
With a thriving tourist industry, Macau attracts an increasing number of visitors each year, with close to 85,000 visitors each day. With international guests from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea and Japan, Macau is a popular destination for Asian travelers as well as people from the US and Europe.
A Region of China, Macau benefits from a high degree of autonomy. It maintains its own legal and monetary systems, as well as favourable customs, taxation and immigration policies, providing an easy and effective gateway into China and Asia.
Today, so called ‘Bay Areas’ are among those most economically active in the world. At present, 70% of global industrial capital and personnel is located in these Bay Areas.
Xi Jinping’s report to the 19th CPC National Congress emphasises giving priority to the development of the Goungdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area and regional cooperation in the pan-Pearl River Delta region, thus fully advancing a mutually beneficial relationship between the mainland and these two regions. Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao are right on each others’ doorstep.
Economic development is increasingly proving a powerful catalyst for innovation in this area. Together Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau form a strong economic alliance. Creative industries are beginning to boom in Guangzhou and Shenzhen. One in every four smart phone in the world is made in Dongguan. Two out of China’s three stock exchanges are located in this area. A modern economic system is truly taken shape in the bay area. Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao enjoy a flow of talent and capital.
The 56,000-square-kilometer Greater Bay are a hot spot for young people to start their projects. In 2017, the economic aggregate of Pearl River Greater Bay Area has surpassed that of San Francisco and approached that of New York. Its port container throughput is 4.5 times of the total of the world’s three leading Bay Area and an annual increase of over 7% in economic activity has been maintained.