The global development of transport and communication technologies has shaped an interconnected and interdependent world. Access to information and great migratory flows have created a planetary consciousness through a rapprochement between cultures and an establishment of new relationships and common goals. At the same time, they have also revealed growing economic inequalities, ideological prejudices and reactionary policies.
In this new scenario, a series of technological, social, cultural and environmental phenomena are updating the traditional notion of sharing. The idea of solidarity based on generosity and integration that presupposes hierarchies between communities is being replaced by movements that call for horizontal, respectful forms of movement, coexistence and celebration of difference. A complex scenario in which the liberalization of information on the Internet has fostered polarization, focusing the public debate on the limits of freedom of expression and surveillance capitalism. In a world governed by the individual accumulation of goods, the fear of the other in a context shaken by a global pandemic --which accentuates distances, moreover--, the right, the need and the responsibility to share things take on vital relevance.
In its 15th edition, GETXOPHOTO International Image Festival aims to use unconventional installations in the physical and digital space to explore the new meanings this idea of sharing has acquired. We therefore invite artists from all over the world to participate in this call with proposals that use photography, video, installation, performance, actions, digital art or any other means of visual expression.
Winners will be announced on March 4th and their work will be exhibited during the Festival, which runs from September 1st to 26th, 2021. GETXOPHOTO will pay a fee and assume the exhibition expenses. It will be designed under the criteria of the curator of the Festival in agreement with the artists.
All the information must be uploaded in English. The entrance fee is 20€ per project.
To carry out the Call, the Festival has partnered with Picter platform.
3 artists will benefit from (if the jury finds it convenient, the number of winners may be increased):
GETXOPHOTO International Image Festival takes place in Getxo (Basque Country, Spain) during September for 14 years ago. The Festival brings different proposals from photographers and visual storytellers from all over the world to the city, setting a contemporary conversation about the theme proposed each year. It is conceived as a transmedia platform from which to affect and activate critical thinking.
GETXOPHOTO inhabits public space and continues on its stake of using formats and unconventional exhibition spaces to show different images and stories, creating an open dialogue with its audience, while filling their everyday world with images. Most of the exhibitions are designed as open-air installations, highlighting the dialogue between image and environment. This year, moreover, the scope has been expanded to the Internet as a space where visual culture takes place. For the first time, a specific online programme has been designed with podcasts, apps, 3D models or live broadcasts, among other digital proposals that only take place on the net.
The Festival will celebrate its 15th year edition following an impressive artistic trajectory showcasing critically acclaimed photographers including Alessandra Sanguinetti; Martin Kollar; Martin Parr; Martin Schoeller; Nadav Kander; Naomi Harris; Phil Toledano; Juno Calypso; Marcos López; Ricardo Cases; Joy Buolamwini; Wang Qingsong; Roger Ballen; Cristina De Middel; Thomas Mailaender; Vincent Fournier; Pieter Hugo; Maija Tami; Jacques-Henri Lartigue; Paul Fusco; Simon Norfolk; Zanele Muholi; Yann Gross; Mentalgassi; Ilyes Griyeb; Randa Maroufi or Michael Wolf, among many others, in approximately 20 annual exhibitions and under the curatorial vision of Alejandro Castellote, Frank Kalero, Christian Cajoulle, Monica Allende and Jon Uriarte. For more information about the Festival, visit getxophoto.com.
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1 to 3 projects per submission
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Cristina De Middel
Artist and Magnum associate
Her work investigates photography's ambiguous relationship to truth. De Middel produced the critically acclaimed series The Afronauts in 2012. With more than 13 books published, Cristina De Middel has exhibited extensively internationally and has received numerous awards and nominations, including PhotoFolio Arles 2012, the Deutsche Börse Prize, the Infinity Award from the International Center of Photography in New York and the Spanish National Award in Photography.
Curator of Open Eye Gallery Photography Museum (Liverpool)
Photography curator, editor and lecturer with a particular interest in overlooked visual histories, and understanding how to use photography and visual culture to amplify under and misrepresented voices. She was previously Assistant Editor of Foam Magazine. Prior to this, she was Curator of Photoworks, where was responsible for developing and curating programs and events including Brighton Photo Biennial and was Commissioning and Managing Editor of the yearly magazine Photoworks Annual.
Artist, Digital curator at Photographers' Gallery and curator of GETXOPHOTO
He studied Photography in Barcelona and ICP NY and holds a master in Projects and Artistic Theories by PhotoEspaña and the European University of Madrid. His work has been exhibited in collective and individual exhibitions at different galleries and art centers in Madrid, San Sebastian, New York, Berlin or Barcelona. Founder of the independent platform Widephoto and former coordinator of DONE by Foto Colectania, he is currently the digital curator of The Photographers' Gallery in London.
Director and co-founder of the Singapore International Photography Festival (SIPF)
Director of SIPF, she built DECK, an independent creative container art space for photography with residency for photographers, library, and programmes for youth. She was the co-founder and managing director of 2902 Gallery in Singapore until 2013. Lee has curated various photography showcases in Asia including Flux Reality - Chinese Contemporary Photography, Margins: drawing pictures of home or the first solo exhibition of Daido Moriyama in Singapore.