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Between December 1 and 31, 2022, we open the call to anyone interested in creating a solo exhibition or curating a collective exhibition for Experimental Photo Festival 2023, to be held in ​Barcelona, ​from July 19 to 23, 2023.

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Solo Exhibition

A call is open to artists from all over the world with an interest in creating a solo exhibition for the festival. The experimental can be in its concept, the techniques used or in the way of exposing them, or in all of the above. General conditions:

The 7 solo exhibitions will be held at the Nau Bostik, IEFC and Proyekteria and it will be the curatorial team who will decide the space designated for each one. They will be open during the festival and will remain for a month.

The jury is made up of the festival management and workers who will accompany the artists in their work process. Their decisions are final. The selection will be carried out following four criteria in order of importance: 1) gender equality; 2) novelty in terms of the proposal and level of experimentation; 3) ability to carry it out; and 4) diversity of techniques and concepts in all areas of experimental photography.

The festival does not have a theme, it is organized on the basis of experimentation and the three challenges: mixing techniques, searching for the message and working collectively. The projects and photographs submitted can be of any type and subject, even if they have already been exhibited, published or awarded previously.

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Those selected will be provided with:

 . A maximum of 150 euros in the production of work, of the exhibition or in the transport of the same;

 . ticket as a gift as a festival participant without workshops (with a value of 100 euros);

 . The official merchandising and the lunches;

 . Participation in a conference on experimental exhibitions.

​The selected ones have to commit to being in the city of Barcelona to carry out the assembly on Monday, July 17 in the morning, or before, and stay until the festival closes. The technical team of the festival will accompany the assembly but it must be done and it is the responsibility of the artist.

The people registered for the festival and their companions will be able to access the official accommodation of the festival which has an individual cost of 240 euros for 6 nights, much cheaper than other accommodations in the city.

More than one project per person can be presented but each must go as an individual request. Group exhibitions or creative groups are accepted.

The exhibited works are not on sale.

Upon being accepted as curators, they will be sent a mandatory signature contract with the conditions stated here and other details. This contract will stipulate the form of payment and the transfer of image and intellectual property rights.

Enrollment in this call is final, the documents sent cannot be modified and the money for it will not be returned for any reason.

In addition to exhibitions, curators can propose workshops and conferences or they can be invited by the festival to perform them.

The results will be communicated individually by email from February 15.

The sending of the proposal has a cost of 20 euros.

 

In the following form you must attach:

1. the text of your biography of between 300 and 600 words (Spanish and English, if possible) where your personal and artistic interests are explained;

2. a PDF dossier explaining the exhibition where the title, the curatorial text, the number of works, the square meters required, the assembly and technical needs must be specified, and an explanation of the use of the budget;

3. a letter of motivation indicating the reasons why you want to exhibit at this festival and;

4. a high-quality portrait in JPG.

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Curate a Collective Exhibition

A call for international curators with an interest in developing a collective experimental exhibition at the IEFC is open. The proposals sent must be conceptual and not be linked to specific artists, since the curator will work with the materials of the festival participants themselves. These exhibitions seek to be counter-exhibitions, exhibitions that question the content, format and form of the exhibitions themselves. General conditions:

El space proposed for the exhibition is in the IEFC. It will open during the festival and will remain open for a month.

The jury is made up of the festival management and workers who will accompany the curators in their work process. Their decisions are final. The selection will be carried out following four criteria in order of importance: 1) gender equality; 2) novelty regarding the proposal; 3) ability to carry it out; and 4) diversity of techniques and concepts in all areas of experimental photography.

The theme is completely free and will be developed from the material sent by the festival participants.

Those selected will be provided with:

A maximum of 500 euros in the production of work, of the exhibition or in the transport of the same;

ticket as a gift as a festival participant without workshops (with a value of 100 euros);

The official merchandising and the lunches;

Participation in a conference on experimental exhibitions.

​The selected ones have to commit to being in the city of Barcelona to carry out the assembly on Monday, July 17 morning, or before, and stay until the festival closes. The technical team of the festival will accompany the assembly but it must be done and it is the responsibility of the artist.

The people registered for the festival and their companions will be able to access the official accommodation of the festival which has an individual cost of 240 euros for 6 nights, much cheaper than other accommodations in the city.

More than one project per person can be presented but each must go as an individual request. Group exhibitions or creative groups are accepted.

The exhibited works are not on sale.

Upon being accepted as curators, they will be sent a mandatory signature contract with the conditions stated here and other details. This contract will stipulate the form of payment and the transfer of image and intellectual property rights.

Enrollment in this call is final, the documents sent cannot be modified and the money for it will not be returned for any reason.

In addition to exhibitions, curators can propose workshops and conferences or they can be invited by the festival to perform them.

The results will be communicated individually by email from February 15.

The sending of the proposal has a cost of 20 euros.

 

In the following form you must attach:

1. the text of your biography of between 300 and 600 words (Spanish and English, if possible) where your personal and artistic interests are explained;

2. a PDF dossier explaining your curatorial work or artistic career in visual arts including a brief CV;

3. a motivation letter indicating the reasons why you want to work in this festival and specifying your curatorial proposal in the following aspects: concepts and theory to work on, ways of exhibiting, technical needs and an explanation of the use of the budget.

4. a high-quality portrait in JPG.

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General conditions of both open calls

Registration in this call entails automatic acceptance of the following rules:

  1. The artists give the Experimentalphotofestival Association the non-exclusive right to distribute and reproduce the photographs sent digitally (always indicating the name of the photographer and the title of the work) for promotion (for example: newsletters, Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, Twitter, Linkedin, the festival websites, Ágora, IEFC, Centro Cívico Pati Llimona, Nau Bostik and the galleries where the exhibitions are held), for exhibition, educational and commercial purposes. No royalties or compensation will be paid for these purposes. The photographer retains all copyright and ownership rights in the works. However, please also note that third parties such as educational institutions, journalists, search engines or individuals may download, save, store or archive images from our website with or without our knowledge. The Experimentalphotofestival Association will have no control over such downloading and subsequent use and therefore cannot accept responsibility for such use.

  2. The artists assume and accept all legal and financial responsibility for any infringement of the privacy, property or copyright rights of others, caused by the creation or presentation of their work in public. All works submitted must be the exclusive authorship of the person or persons making the proposal(s).

  3. The artists assign their image rights to the Experimentalphotofestival Association and it does not have the power to assign them to third parties without express consent. By registering, they authorize it to capture, reproduce and disseminate the images of the festival where their person is in still image or video format without geographical or temporal limitation and free of charge.

  4. The Experimentalphotofestival Association reserves the right to exclude from the festival those dossiers and artists who violate the general conditions of participation or who violate our values, copyright, and human or privacy rights.

  5. The Experimentalphotofestival Association is the organizer of the Experimental Photo Festival and the Ágora, School of Experimentation, which means that the assignment of rights to the association automatically allows its use by both events.

  6. The Experimentalphotofestival Association reserves the right to make changes to the program until the last minute.