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Between December 1 and 31, 2022, we open the call to anyone interested in being part of the first International Experimentation Residency IEFC-EXP. It will be carried out during the 10 days prior to the Experimental Photo Festival 2023, July 8 to 18, 2023, and we invite the participants to stay at the festival to share their experiences. During their stay, each of the residents will have one day to do a theoretical-practical workshop to explain an experimental technique to the rest of the group. The residency aims to generate a small horizontal collaborative learning community where you can learn 9 different techniques and not each one individually working on their projects. It will conclude with a collective exhibition about the learning process (not the results) of the various techniques on the ground floor of the Institut d'Estudis Fotogràfics de Catalunya.

The residency

  • will be directed and coordinated by Célica Véliz and she will be with the group during the ten days;

  • will have 9 participants of 9 different techniques;

  • accommodation will be at the Penyafort-Montserrat Residence in single or double rooms (depending on availability);

  • In the mornings at the residence, we will do the theoretical part of the workshops and in the afternoons we will be in the darkroom of the IEFC with the practical part;

  • during the first weekend, we will have a presentation and horizontal portfolio review with Pablo Giori;

  • the exchanges will be mixed between English and Spanish and the coordinator will help with translations if necessary.

To submit, you have to send

  • a workshop proposal with a theoretical part of 2 hours and a practical part of 4 hours;

  • a list of the materials necessary with prices for 8 people;

  • space and other requirements;

  • make a payment of 20 euros as a registration fee and;

  • if you are selected, make a single payment of 450 euros.

If you are selected, the residency includes

  • 10 days of accommodation with breakfast included;

  • all workshop and exhibition materials;

  • a free ticket for the festival without workshops (at a cost of 100 euros);

  • official merchandising: bag, t-shirt and photobooks;

  • participation in an exhibition and a conference about the residency.

The residency does not include

  • Accommodation during the Experimental Photo Festival: 240 euros in the same place;

  • meals (except breakfast), nor the transfer of the participant;

  • other personal expenses.

The selection of residents will be made by the direction of the Experimentalphotofestival Association and its coordinator, Célica Véliz, and it is final. The results will be communicated individually by email from February 15. The payment of 450 euros for the residency is used to cover accommodation (280 euros), coordination and management (30 euros), materials (30 euros) and bank and platform commissions and taxes of 21% (110 euros). The selected will be officially invited to participate in the festival and do not have to register or pay.

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Do you want to participate?

More than 300 international artists and photography lovers will meet with the aim of generating a common space to share, learn and discuss experimental photography in its many facets: from the creation of cameras, optics, and films to printing processes, intervention, and production of copies, exhibitions, and photobooks. The non-profit Association Experimentaphotofestival has been created with the aim of making this event possible based on horizontality, gender equality, and transparency. Among the organized activities are conferences, discussion panels, project presentations, workshops, portfolio reviews, dinners, concerts, and collective exhibitions. Five intense days with activities from 10 in the morning to 12 at night in the middle of the Mediterranean summer. We call on photographers of all levels interested in experimental photography in a broad sense to come to Barcelona to make our three challenges a reality: mixing techniques, searching for the message, and creating collectively.

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General conditions

Registration entails automatic acceptance of the following rules, the same for all participants

  1. The tickets purchased for the festival and for the residency cannot be returned in any case. If the participant decides not to come to Barcelona, their ticket can be converted into an online festival ticket so that the participant can live the experience from anywhere in the world. 

  2. The participants 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, Twitter, YouTube, 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 the subsequent use and therefore cannot accept responsibility for such use. Participants 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.

  3. Participants 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 participants 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.

Ready to share, learn and discuss experimental photography?

See you in Barcelona!

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