To Share, by Jon Uriarte
The global development of transport and communication technologies has shaped an interconnected and interdependent world. Access to information and great migratory flows have created a planetary consciousness through a rapprochement between cultures and an establishment of new relationships and common goals. At the same time, they have also revealed growing economic inequalities, ideological prejudices and reactionary policies.
In this new scenario, a series of technological, social, cultural and environmental phenomena are updating the traditional notion of sharing. The idea of solidarity based on generosity and integration that presupposes hierarchies between communities is being replaced by movements that call for horizontal, respectful forms of movement, coexistence and celebration of difference. A complex scenario in which the liberalization of information on the Internet has fostered polarization, focusing the public debate on the limits of freedom of expression and surveillance capitalism. In a world governed by the individual accumulation of goods, the fear of the other in a context shaken by a global pandemic –which accentuates distances, moreover–, the right, the need and the responsibility to share things take on vital relevance.
In its 15th edition, Getxophoto International Image Festival aims to use unconventional installations in the physical and digital space to explore the new meanings this idea of sharing has acquired. We therefore invite artists from all over the world to participate in this call with proposals that use photography, video, installation, performance, actions, digital art or any other means of visual expression.
Born in Hondarribia in 1979, he studied photography at the Institut d’Estudis Fotogràfics de Catalunya and the International Center of Photography of New York, he also holds a master in Projects and Artistic Theories by PhotoEspaña and the European University of Madrid. His work has been exhibited in collective and individual exhibitions at different galleries and centers such as La Casa Encendida in Madrid, Koldo Mitxelena in Donostia, Studio 304 of New York, HBC center in Berlin and Sala d’Art Jove in Barcelona. Founder of Widephoto, independent platform dedicated to curating activities about contemporary photography. He also conceptualized and coordinated DONE for three years, a project about reflection and visual creation promoted by Foto Colectania. He is currently living in London, where he works as digital curator of The Photographers’ Gallery.