About us?

Experimentalphotofestival is a non-profit cultural association that aims to create, promote and disseminate experimental photography in all its forms.

Who can participate in the EXP.21?

Photographers of all levels interested in experimental photography. The registrations are open. They give the right to participate in the workshops and conferences and to present a dossier to be studied by the curators for the exhibitions, and in the portfolio review. In our festival, everyone can show their work, doing workshops or conferences or participating in the exhibitions.

When and where will it take place?

The festival begins on Tuesday, July 20, at 19hs for the opening of two exhibitions. On Wednesday, July 21, 2021, from 9:30 am at the Centre Civic Pati Llimona, accreditations, workshops, and conferences. On Saturday 24 from 9:30 am the activities take place between the Pati Llimona Civic Center and the Institut d’Estudis Fotogràfics de Catalunya until 7 pm. At 9 pm a special and exclusive party begins for the festival participants. On Sunday 25 from 10 in the morning the activities are held at the Institut d'Estudis Fotogràfics de Catalunya until the festival closes at 7:30 p.m.

Is the registration the same for all participants?

Yes. All participants must pay the general registration, which gives access to the activities of the festival, and the number of workshops that best suits their economic situation. The price does not include the transfer, food, or accommodation.

Can I send photographs or a project that has already been submitted or even published?

Yes. The festival aims to disseminate and share the work of experimental photographers at different moments in their careers. Unlike other festivals, we create our exhibits from the material sent by the participants themselves so that they can make themselves known to each other and learn from the work of others.

Is it possible to sell products?

Yes, but only if they are your own productions. During the festival, we will have a stand where participants can sell small objects, such as books, film rolls, fanzines, cameras or postcards in a space of 20x30 centimeters, at no cost or commission for artists. The only thing they are asked for is that the products to be sold have a single price to simplify the payment and the refund of the money. This space is very important to dignify and disseminate our work and it is also a space to make yourself known and share with the people we meet during the festival. In March a call will be opened to propose products to sell and we will make a selection according to the type to be as varied as possible. Subsequently, we will inform you of the selected ones and the place where your products are going to be sold, since we will have two booths, one at the IEFC and another at the Centre Civic Pati Llimona. Everyone must withdraw their products before Sunday, July 25 at 7 p.m. The organization is not responsible for sending the material that remains after this moment.

What is the official language?

The contents are taught in English or Spanish according to the person who develops the activity. The organization is very aware that the program has activities in both languages during the three days of the festival. With participants from more than thirty countries, the language of the exchanges is usually English.

How are the activities financed?

As can be seen on our page on transparency, the festival is financed only with money from the inscriptions, since there are no public or private grants. You can collaborate by inviting people to participate in the festival, buying our products or making a donation.

Pandemic and Covid-19

We are aware that the world situation complicates the organization of cultural events like ours, but we know that culture is safe and that by respecting all sanitary measures there are no risks of carrying out this type of event. The EXP.21 is a festival for 400 people in three large spaces that have a capacity for more than 1000 in normal conditions. Based on the situation of the summer of 2020, the festival can be carried out perfectly as the situation has improved and vaccination progresses in all countries. For a question of responsibility, we want to inform you that in the case of buying a ticket and not being able to physically participate in the festival because the borders of your country are closed or Spain does not allow the entry of people from your country: 1) we can exchange your ticket for one of the EXP. 22 or 2) give you one for the virtual festival and online workshops. The festival was born with the idea of seeing each other, getting together, and sharing, leaving the virtual to pass into reality, to twin and create shared projects. Your support and trust are very important to us and that is why we ask you to make the effort to come and share with us during our experimental summer camp in Barcelona!

Equality and respect, before everything.

Our festival has been built on the basis of equality and respect among all people. We believe in diversity as a form of activism and will not tolerate any attitude that goes against equality, diversity, and respect for human rights. We work every day to make this festival a meeting place where diverse communities (LGBTIQ +) feel at home and can participate learning and teaching from their experience. From the festival we contribute to the construction of a conscious, diverse and egalitarian society, we will not support any macho, homo / lesbo / transphobic, sexist and / or racist attitude.


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