Theme and curator
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.
Born in Hondarribia in 1980, he studied photography at the Institut d’Estudis Fotogràfics de Catalunya and the International Center of Photography of New York, he also 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 centers such as La Casa Encendida in Madrid, Koldo Mitxelena in Donostia, Studio 304 of New York, HBC center in Berlin and Sala d’Art Jove in Barcelona. Founder of Widephoto, independent platform dedicated to curating activities about contemporary photography. He also conceptualized and coordinated DONE for three years, a project about reflection and visual creation promoted by Foto Colectania. He is currently living in London, where he works as digital curator of The Photographers’ Gallery.Artists 2021OnlineLock-in vol.8
Nothing is the same
When: September 3, friday
Hour: 09:30 – 14:30
Place: Punta Begoña Galleries (Muelle de Ereaga)
Prize: 20,00 €
One of our favorite dates came back; a “must go”. A space for the review and sharing of issues related to the contemporary image, where several personalities will participate, such as Penelope Umbrico –American artist–, Daniel Mayrit –visual artist from Madrid–, Duncan Forbes –Director of Photography at V&A Museum, London–, Mirjam Kooiman –curator of FOAM, Amsterdam–, Jon Uriarte –digital curator of The Photographer’s Gallery, London– or Roc Herms –Catalan artist–. We spent a whole morning with talks and dialogues, in a calm environment and in a place with no escape, neither for speakers nor for attendees.
9:30 Presentation and welcome
10:00 Talk with Penelope Umbrico and Duncan Forbes (eng)
11:20 Talk with Roc Herms and Jon Uriarte (cast)
12:30 Coffee break
13:00 Talk with Daniel Mayrit and Mirjam Kooiman (eng)
*With simultaneous translation
Born in Paris in 1967, he came to the V&A from the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles. He previously served as director of the Fotomuseum Winterthur in Switzerland and as senior curator of photography at the National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh. His recent curatorial and publishing projects include Provoke: Between Protest and Performance: Japanese Photography 1960–1975 (Steidl, 2016); Beastly/Tierisch (Spector Books, 2015); Manifeste! Eine andere Geschichte der Fotografie (Steidl, 2014); and Edith Tudor-Hart: In the Shadow of Tyranny (Hatje Cantz, 2013).
Born in Netherland in 1990, Mirjam is curator at Foam, where she has worked on shows including Helmut Newton: A Retrospective, Magnum Contact Sheets as well as the traveling Foam Talent 2015 exhibition. She holds a BA in Art History and a MA in Museum Curation from the University of Amsterdam, with a special interest in postcolonial approaches in the arts and museum studies. She previously served as a curator in training at the photography collection of Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum.
Born in Madrid and raised on the Internet, he holds a degree in Media Sciences from the Complutense University of Madrid, with studies in Photographic Arts at the University of Westminster, London, and a MA in Photography at EFTI School in Madrid. He teaches Photography at the LENS School and is a visiting professor at EFTI. He has curated Here I Live, MediaCongress ’18 at the Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, 2018, or Upload/Download: Photography and the Internet for PhotoEspaña’17. Daniel is currently co-director of FIEBRE Photobook Festival and has initiated a curatorial project focused on photography and new technologies for image making.
Born in Philadelphia (USA) in 1957, Penelope Umbrico is a multimedia artist that apropiates the images founded on search engines and photo-sharing websites. She graduated from the Ontario College of Art in Toronto in 1980 and in 1989 she received her MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York. Her work has been exhibited in various museums and internationally recognized festivals and magazines. She teaches undergraduate and master’s degrees at the School of Visual Arts in New York.
Born in Hondarribia in 1980, he studied photography at the Institut d’Estudis Fotogràfics de Catalunya and at the International Center of Photography in New York. He has exhibited in numerous art centres and galleries, he founded Widephoto and he has been the coordinator of DONE for 3 years. He currently lives in London and he is the digital curator of The Photographers’ Gallery.
Roc Herms Pont
In 1978, Gary Thuerk and his assistant Carl Gartley sent the first mass email for advertising purposes, reaching 393 users of the Advanced Research Projects Agency Network (or Arpanet), without knowing that they had just sent the first example of what later it would be known as SPAM. That same year, just over 9,000 kilometers away, Roc Herms was born. 28 years later, he discovers how to learn through photography, managing to combine his interest in the internet, video games and the digitization process that the human species is undergoing. His works have been exhibited in the group shows From Here On (Center d’Arts Santa Mònica, Barcelona) and Photography 2.0 (Círculo de Bellas Artes, Madrid) curated by Joan Fontcuberta, as well as at the Noorderlicht Photo Festival (Holland) or the Platine Festival (Germany), among others.