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Date:6/6/2024 - 6/30/2024




What is it?

GETXOPHOTO is a festival focusing on images that has been held in Getxo for 17 years. It was created and is independently organised by Begihandi.

The Festival, which is thematic in nature, was conceived as a transmedia platform that hosts different proposals from visual storytellers from all over the world, aimed at creating a conversation with society on contemporary issues. In doing so, it is seeking to encourage critical thinking and provide dynamic and flexible responses to the issues that affect us.

It is characterised by a radical defence of public spaces as meeting points, places of mutual recognition and as places for sharing experiences, playing and celebrating. Consequently, most of the artistic programme is made up of open-air installations, highlighting the dialogue between images and the environment.

This commitment to using unconventional exhibition formats and spaces creates an open dialogue with the public while at the same time filling their everyday lives with images.

One of the goals of GETXOPHOTO is to create a critical community based on images, by providing specific content and involving cultural agents. This in turn contributes to building new audiences.

It also encourages the active involvement of the community in which it is held and social return through its local links (shopkeepers, hotel and restaurant owners, artists and enthusiasts).

GETXOPHOTO takes an interdisciplinary and cross-cutting approach and has broadened its scope to include the internet as a space for visual culture. Consequently, it has a specific online programme with digital proposals that can only be found online.

The ecological transition also guides the Festival's design and production policy so as to reduce its environmental impact as much as possible and become an even more sustainable initiative.


Getxophoto 2024: PLAY

There is nothing more serious than playing. During childhood, play is synonymous with freedom, a fantasy world beyond the power of adults where everything is possible and reality is suspended. A world without laws. But it is also by playing that we learn to respect the rules; those imposed from outside because that’s the way you play this game, or those that we invent because you can also play the game this way. We learn the basic rules of coexistence, how to play on a team or play alone, to lose or win, to obey others or negotiate with them. It is the great testing ground in which we rehearse what is to come.

As adults, we resign ourselves to the fact that the game is over. We convince ourselves that we no longer like it, or that we don’t need it. We only accept it covertly in other types of activities, such as some sports, in which we unleash ourselves without restraint, whether playing or watching others; or certain arts, where we allow ourselves brief forays into the fun side of life or beyond reality (and it is no coincidence that some languages preserve the synonymy between playing and acting). We also tolerate microdoses of board games, although always with an excuse (at Christmas or in cases of terrible boredom such as a trip without a phone or something that resembles the end of the world).

There are games that survive in youth subcultures, such as role-playing games or cosplay, but, apparently, no one who does not want to see their maturity questioned enters these territories. And of course there are the so-called “games of chance”, although we wonder if they should not simply be called betting. Outside these limits, in the subdued world of adults, playfulness has no right to exist.

In Getxophoto 2024 you will find proposals that, from the field of image and photography, explore games and playing from these points of view and from many others that have not occurred to us.

Shall we play? .


Born in Bilbao in 1976, María Ptqk holds a PhD in artistic research from the University of the Basque Country, a degree in Law and a degree in Economics, a Master of Advanced Studies in International Public Law from Paris II-Sorbonne and in Cultural Law from the Uned-Carlos III in Madrid, and a Master in Cultural Management from the University of Barcelona. Her work is based on the intersections between art, technoscience and feminisms and is a member of the advisory group of the publishing house consonni. She has worked with a number of leading institutions such as Medialab Prado (Madrid), Azkuna Zentroa (Bilbao), Fundación Daniel y Nina Carasso, CCCB (Barcelona), Jeu de Paume (Paris), La Gaité Lyrique (Paris), GenderArtNet (European Cultural Foundation) or LABoral (Gijon), among others. She has curated the exhibitions Soft Power (Amarika Proiektua Project, 2009), A propósito del Chthuluceno y sus especies compañeras (Espace virtuel du Jeu de Paume, Paris, 2017), Reset Mar Menor. Laboratorio de imaginarios para un paisaje en crisis (CCC Valencia, 2020), Ciencia fricción. Vida entre especies compañeras (CCCB Barcelona, 2021 – Finalist of the Asociaciò Catalana de Crítica d’Art Awards & Azkuna Zentroa, Bilbao, 2022) and Extinción Remota Detectada (LABoral, Gijon, 2022). She is advisor to the Chaire Arts & Sciences (École polytechnique, l’École des Arts Décoratifs – PSL, Fondation Daniel et Nina Carasso) and a member of the ISEA Paris 2023 (International Symposium on Electronic Art) programming committee.



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GETXOPHOTO Festival Internacional de imagen


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