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. There are two ways to participate: 1) between June 1 and July 1 we will open a free call to propose conferences and workshops and; 2) in parallel, we will begin the general inscriptions that give the right to participate in the workshops and conferences and to present a dossier to be studied by the curators for the exhibitions. In our festival, everyone can show their work, doing workshops or conferences or participating in the exhibitions.

When and where will it take place?

UPDATED: The festival begins on Wednesday, July 21, 2021, from 9:30 am at the Centre Civic Pati Llimona, accreditations, workshops, and conferences begin until 7 pm when another exhibition is inaugurated. 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 current world situation can generate many uncertainties and that is why we are working so that if the festival is affected by Covid-19, all participants have options and nobody loses their money. In the event that the borders of your country are closed (or that Spain imposes a quarantine on the nationals of your country upon arrival in Spain), 1) we work to make the festival virtual (with which the tickets will be modified by cheaper ones and the difference will be returned, if the participants agree). In the event that the borders of Spain are closed, 2) we will think about the possibility of changing the dates for it before the summer of 2021 or 3) we will change your tickets from EXP.21 to EXP.22, January 2022. At this time, the Spanish borders are open and the two spaces where the festival is held (Center civic Pati Llimona and IEFC) are open and working, complying with strict sanitary measures imposed by the Generalitat de Catalunya.

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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