August 30, 2017

GETXO PHOTO is back!

From august 30th to october 1st, 2017

In the main GETXOPHOTO unfolds on the streets of Getxo, which is situated on the coast of the Basque Country but lies very close to the city of Bilbao, and has been driven by the Begihandi collective since 2007. 

GETXOPHOTO is committed to the exploration of formats, materials and non-conventional exhibition spaces. This, together with careful artistic programming and the direct involvement of local agents, is one of its mainhallmarks. Although the exhibitions are also scheduled in formal show rooms, most of them are interventions in public spaces, because what makes this festival different is, above all, its radical defence of public space as a place for encounter, recreation and reflection.

In this year’s edition, under the aegis of the new artistic director, Bilbao-born Monica Allende, the festival will venture onto new terrain, casting a glance too at new narratives and technologies, in the shape of works executed using virtual reality, interactive installations or audiovisuals. 

The festival programme takes in photographic exhibitions, activities and trails or walks devised to get the most from them. The 20 exhibitions can be visited from 30 August to 1 October and run principally along the route stretching from Ereaga beach to the Old Port of Algorta. 

The centre of the village will house the exhibition halls. So, there will betwenty exhibitions revolving around the theme for the current edition -Transitions-, bringing together work by authors of renown and up-and-coming talents from countries including Japan, Holland, Mexico, Iran, Ecuador and Switzerland. This time round, there will be a marked contribution from UK authors at GETXOPHOTO.

We live in a globalized time of dizzying changes in various aspects of life, full of Transitions that will take us to unknown destinies. Globalization has benefitted a large portion of humanity. But it is equally true to say it has led the exclusion of millions of people. This edition of GETXOPHOTO takes a wide-angle view of just those effects, examining diverse subjects such as the environment, new technologies, food, tourism, space trips, and our relationship with the animal world.