To Imagine

Although it may seem impossible, imagining other scenarios is essential in times of crisis. How does the imagination operate in interpreting the past, present, and future, and in what other ways could it work? What is the role that visual narratives play in this work? What other types of images and imaginations can be developed to diversify and display alternative ways of understanding reality?

Images play a fundamental role in understanding the world. Photography has been decisive in deciding what deserves to be seen and remembered, and what is to be ignored or hidden. At the same time, fiction is one of the traditional acts and effects of the visual, allowing a glimpse beyond what exists. In recent years, technological development has allowed images to not only represent, but also present, communicate and compose information in real time. Imagination uses the functions of the image to describe the fantastic, recover the absent, overcome uncertainty and relocate what remains on the margins.

Getxophoto invites artists from all over the world to participate in this call by submitting proposals that explore the imagination, using photography, video, installation, performance, actions, digital art or any other means of visual expression.

The 16th edition of Getxophoto aims to explore the role that imagination plays in giving meaning to life, and the possibilities that images offer to do so.


Jon Uriarte

Born in Hondarribia in 1980, 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. He is also the founder of Widephoto, an independent platform dedicated to curating activities about contemporary photography. He conceptualized and coordinated DONE for three years, a project about reflection and visual creation promoted by Foto Colectania. Uriarte is currently living in London, where he works as digital curator of The Photographers’ Gallery.