FESTIVAL  December 10, 2021


World's First Experimental Photography Summer Camp Seeks 50 Artists

Between December 10th and January 10th, the call will be open for artists and curators who want to participate in EXP.22, the International Experimental Photography Festival that will take place in Barcelona in July 2022. The objective is to select 50 artists who will be prepairing the exhibitions and giving the workshops and conferences during the five days of the event. This summer camp aims to annually bring together the worldwide community of photographers who play with image limits and who do not fall into traditional categories.

The EXP.22 is a festival organized by a non-profit cultural association whose idea is to create, promote and disseminate experimental photography in all its aspects. It is essential to create an international community of artists who can support each other, recognize themselves on an equal footing and create new projects. This association lives in a permanent search for different expressions from a transdisciplinary perspective since it understands that photography is nourished by cinema, video, painting, architecture, music, sculpture, dance, and other artistic and social expressions.

For five days, more than 400 international artists will be able to share their stories and experiences at the Institut d'Estudis Fotogràfics de Catalunya and at the Center Cívic Pati Llimona, two key spaces for photography in the city. Laura Ligari and Pablo Giori, directors of the festival, affirm that they will be intense days to share technical knowledge, generate spaces for international collaboration, and meet experimental photographers from all over the world who do similar or very different things. As particularities of the event, they highlight the total economic transparency (on their website you can see what the money is spent on) and the commitment they have to gender equality in all their activities.

At the same time, participants can now formalize their registration until tickets are sold out. The payment allows access to all these activities: 40 conferences, discussion tables, presentations of projects and experiences, 80 workshops, 10 portfolio reviews, and the possibility of having your images selected to participate in any of the 6 exhibitions. The objective is to be able to share, learn and debate about experimental photography in its many facets: from the creation of cameras, optics, and films to the processes of printing, intervention, and production of copies, exhibitions and photobooks.


This third festival is organized around the three challenges that the directors proposed to the community last year:
1) mix experimental techniques,
2) search the message and
3) work collectively.