Supporting Japan-related programs in European Capitals of Culture

Ken Kitano Outdoor Exhibition. ©Juan Gómez

Photography Festival: GETXOPHOTO 2016

Getxo, Spain


Three up-and-coming Japanese photographers in pursuit of the essence of photography

The tenth edition of GETXOPHOTO took place from September 1st to October 2nd 2016 and it was structured in two large sections: exhibitions and activities. True to the impeccable standards of Jokin Aspuru (curator and director), all the works that comprise the artistic programming of this edition, in addition to the original thematic richness they cover, have the virtue of reflecting the broad spectrum of genres and photographic styles that are practiced today. This edition has been a meeting point among public in general, photography amateurs and professionals. The 20 free of charge exhibitions included three Japanese photographers’ ones and mainly concentrated in public spaces in the city for the whole month. In addition to this, many educational activities were organized, and we can say that the activities program has been a great success.

Begihandi Kultur Elkartea, the creative association behind the festival, is very satisfied with the way the latest edition of GETXOPHOTO went. The quality of the programming, the ever-increasing numbers of spectators, the excellent reception afforded the activities (guided tours, children’s programme, workshops, encounters…) and the thousands of visits to the web page all lead the organization to rate this edition as the most satisfactory held to date. The figures are eloquent: we estimate that the installations outdoors were visited by over 70,000 people, while those indoors were viewed by more than 15,000.

Written by Jokin Aspuru (curator and director)


1 Sep. -2 Oct. 2016


Getxo, Spain

Japanese photographers:

Manabu Yamanaka, Chino Otsuka, Ken Kitano

Other participants:

Irina Werning, Bohnchang Koo, Amit Sha’al, Jérémie Nassif, Amy Friend, Eulalia Abaitua, Carlos Ayesta & Guillaume Bression, Matthew Pillsbury, Rachel Sussman, Mark Formanek, Kris Sanford, Daesung Lee, Ori Gersht, Michael Wesely, Luce Lebart, Anna Katharina Scheidegger

Japan-related programmes:

  • Exhibition: Gyahtei by Manabu Yamanaka
    Date: 1 Sep. to 2 Oct. 2016
  • Exhibition: Imagine finding me by Chino Otsuka
    Date:  1 Sep. to 2 Oct. 2016
  • Exhibition: Our Face by Ken Kitano 
    Date: 1 Sep. to 2 Oct. 2016

Manabu Yamanaka Exhibition. ©Juan Gómez

Chino Otsuka Exhibition. ©Joana Sendra

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