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Getxophoto 2014: ‘Struggles’

Getxophoto is a spanish photography festival. Linked to the year's thematic exhibition: Struggles, we decided to recreate the hidden stories behind photos. In this case, from Fred Ramos (El Salvador) award-winning photographer 2014 photo contest, World Press Photo: Daily Life, first prize stories. "El Salvador has one of the highest homicide rates in the world, much of it gang related. In many cases, the only way of identifying murder victims is by clothes they were buried in".

Basque Country – Promoted by the Begihandi collective, the Getxophoto 2014 takes place in Getxo in the Basque Country with this year’s theme being ‘Struggles‘. World-acclaimed French critic and curator Christian Caujolle has taken the helm of this year’s edition, bringing his distinguished vision to the streets of Getxo. He writes: “We know what that dream of equality, of the eradication of discrimination and of hope for the future meant and continues to represent for North American society and, moreover, for everyone in the world who yearns for greater justice and equality. It was a dream that was tied to struggle. A struggle for what the Americans called civil rights, human rights. This worldwide fight took the form of demonstrations demanding autonomy or independence, improvements in living conditions, respect for dignity, the end of exploitation or equal opportunities in access to education. It’s a long and perhaps endless list, because today, too, maybe more than yesterday or in more internationalized, more globalized ways, there continues to be inequality in the world.. The world has still not improved, but the conditions and modalities of image production have changed. The rapid circulation of pixels on the Internet and the immediacy of the transmission of information, sound and movement have left their mark on the role of photo-journalism, although the sources are often impossible to discern, and their reliability is increasingly shaky. But we are in the era of the image. And this is the context in which we approach the question of struggles.”

Mikel Bastida_serie_War Theatre_01From the series ‘War Theatre’ © Mikel Bastida

It features activities and exhibitions also including installations, by photographers and photo-based artists Maika Elan, Boushra Y. Almutawakel, Edouard Beau, Marti Llorens, Raphael Dallaporta, Emeric Lhuisset, Fred Ramos, Gleb Kosorukov, Jacques Pugin, Clement Briend, Mak Remissa, Manit Sriwanichpoom, Mikel Bastida, Nyaba Leon Ouedraogo, Pha Lina, Philip Blenkinsop, Pieter Hugo, Steven Siewert. The festival also includes various activities such as photo walks, workshops, guided tours, and screenings. The festival opens on 28th August and runs till 28th September 2014.

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