open call

Between June 1 and July 1, 2020, we have our open call to anyone interested in giving conferences, workshops, and curating the exhibitions of the EXP.21 festival.


The results will be communicated individually by email from July 15.


The selected artists will be officially invited to participate in the festival and they do not have to register or pay because they will be offered a financial compensation of 100 euros, plus the three-day meal and the official merchandising: bag, shirt, and catalogue. Those not selected will participate in the festival by registering and presenting their dossier to be studied by the curators to take part in one of the exhibitions.

Our approach to experimental photography goes through the cross between disciplines and we value proposals related to exhibitions, photo books, cinema, video, architecture, sculpture, dance, etc., from an experimental point of view. For us, all festival participants are equal and come to share, teach and learn. Some of you will give workshops, others conferences, and others will show their work in the exhibitions.


General Rules.

  • Each year the festival presents new content and new protagonists to give space to all the members of our community. The invited artists of EXP.20 cannot present themselves for this open call, they must register as participants at a special price.

  • All the selected artists must present themselves on Thursday, January 14th, 2021 in the morning at the designated places to prepare the workshops, check the materials, review the technical needs and know the spaces and other participants of the conferences.

  • Upon acceptance as an invited artist, a mandatory contract will be sent to you to sign with the conditions set forth above and other details. This contract will stipulate the form of payment of economic compensation.

  • Among the invited artists, works of different experimental techniques will be selected to create the official posters to disseminate the festival. Our community is built by word of mouth and we don’t advertise, so we always appreciate your help with the diffusion between your contact networks.

  • The festival does not organize parallel activities during the week before and after the event and we recommend that the guest artists not plan them either.

Workshops and conferences.

The EXP.21 festival organizes for the first time an open call for 40 artists who want to do workshops and conferences during the festival.


In the form below you must attach:


  1. a dossier in PDF explaining your work;

  2. a biography, between 250 and 500 words (English and Spanish, if you can)

  3.  a portrait in high quality in .JPG;

  4. the proposal of the conferences and workshops in PDF (with the list and the estimated price of the materials for 15 people).

Specific rules:

  • The workshops have a maximum duration of three and a half hours and are given for an average of 15-20 participants. When making a proposal, keep in mind that the available darkrooms are limited, so it is recommended to suggest their use only in case it is necessary for the realization of the workshop. Most of the workshop spaces are classrooms that can get dark, where there are tables and a projector.

  • The conferences are an hour and a half in a room for 30-70 people with the possibility of projecting images from a computer. For the conferences you can propose debates, dialogues between artists or reflections on experimental photography and they are going to be done by two or three artists decided by the festival according to a thematic criterion.

  • Each guest artist must conduct the same workshop twice (once for the initiation level and another expert) and participate in one or two conferences on topics close to their work.

  • The jury is made up of the festival workers with the support of artists from EXP.20. The selection will be developed following three criteria: novelty in terms of the proposal, diversity to have artists from all areas of experimental photography and parity, following our criteria of gender equality.

  • As our goal is to create a community and start a sincere dialogue between all the participants, the invited artists must be present during all the days of the festival.

  • When planning workshops and conferences, the festival keeps the right to invite participants to be part of them explaining their work, without changing their status as a participant.


EXP.21 festival organizes for the first time an open call for curators with a special interest in developing an experimental exhibition in one of the spaces available during our festival. We encourage the creation of an individual or collective experimental exhibition with the artworks sent by the participants.

In the form below you must attach:


  1. a dossier in PDF explaining your curatorial works or artistic career in visual arts where you include a short CV;

  2. the text of your biography of between 300 and 600 words (English and Spanish, if you can) where your personal and artistic interests are explained;

  3. a high quality portrait in JPG;

  4. a motivation letter stating the reasons why you want to work in this festival.



Specific rules:

  • The spaces proposed for the exhibitions are in the Center Civic Pati Llimona, the I.E.F.C. and a private gallery not confirmed. The exhibits will open during the festival and will remain open for a month.

  • The jury is made up of the festival workers with the support of artists from EXP.20.

  • The theme is totally free, it will be developed in dialogue with the responsible for the exhibitions of the festival and will be built from the material sent by the participants of the EXP.21.

  • Each exhibition will have a maximum budget of 400 euros that is divided between the pre-production expenses incurred by the festival and the production costs incurred by each curator.

  • The selected curators must commit to be in the city of Barcelona for the montage on Monday, January 11, in the morning and stay until the closing of the festival, on Sunday, January 17.