Promoted by the Begihandi collective, GETXOPHOTO is a festival dedicated to image that takes place in Getxo (Basque Country) during September for the last 12 years. It brings different proposals from photographers and visual storytellers from all over the world to the city, setting a contemporary conversation about the theme proposed each year.

GETXOPHOTO inhabits the public space and continues supporting the use of formats, stands and unconventional exhibition spaces to show the different images. This is a thematic festival that every three years works together with a different curator who understands the photography as a tool of knowledge, communication, and of course artistic enjoyment. Exhibitions, installations, projections, collaborations, experimental laboratories and many activities complete the program of the Festival. 

"For the 2018 edition of Getxophoto we will be reflecting on the meaning of conflict while focusing the festival’s theme on its aftermath, the consequences caused by it and the reconstruction of dialogues in post-conflict period. We would like to explore the emergence of new situations, ideas, relationships, struggles and tensions which reframe a broken discourse giving way of new possibilities.

We are aiming to explore not just the external post conflict struggles between characters and characters with nature and society, but also looking into internal conflicts affecting peoples within themselves and their surroundings. The conflicting needs and principles within or among organisations, the impacts emerging from the technologies, structures of power and beliefs, conflicts of the natural world and with other species, ideologies and lifestyles, the misunderstanding within generations, traditions colluding with the modern world or gender conflicts.

Getxophoto International Image Festival is open to visual representations using different mediums, photography, video, archive, installation, performance, intervention, digital art, fictional narratives and documentary works. We are looking for works which challenge the way we think and questions established ideas of engagement.

In the end, it will be a new edition following the discursive line of the theme Transitions, which was started last year. It will tackle key contemporary issues through the narrations of visual storytellers from all over the world." - Monica Allende festival curator.

Event informations

From 5 to 30 September 2018

GETXOPHOTO, International Image Festival, takes place in Getxo, Basque Country, close to Bilbao. Exhibitions and installations mainly outdoor, collaborations, experimental laboratories and many activities complete the program of the Festival.

The theme of the Festival, Transitions, is presented as a trilogy (2017-2019) and approaches a common concern, the uncertainty of the near future. In the 2018 edition, Transitions 2 will show the work of artists committed to multidisciplinary narratives from all over the world.