I Don't Know How to Respond to That

PhMuseum Days 2023
International Photography Festival
22.09–01.10 Bologna, Italy

PhMuseum International Photo Festival is back for its third edition scheduled from 22 September to 1 October 2023 in Bologna, Italy.

The chosen theme is “I Don't Know How To Respond To That”, the answer that virtual assistants like Apple Siri give when they can't find a solution to our questions. The aim is to explore the dialogue between humans and machine, with a particular focus on the development of language in a broad sense. Through the works on display we will try to understand how our relationship with technology and our ways of communicating evolve in a world characterized by continuous innovations.

The event will be held at the DumBO’s Spazio Bianco in Bologna, Italy, a 1600 square meter post-industrial pavilion that will host exhibitions, presentations, a space dedicated to photographic publishing and an outdoor area. Plus, installations across the city of Bologna, events and more.

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The exhibitions are the festival's centre stage. Through the analysis and creative methods of the artists on show, we will explore how contemporary advances affect our relationships with technology and communication. Soon we will disclose the full exhibition program.


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Workshops will involve international artists who will share their practices’ methods and analyses with participants. They will allow you to critically engage with gaze, languages and technological tools, providing a unique space for collective experimentation.

Online Portfolio Reviews

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Online Portfolio Reviews are an excellent opportunity to meet influential professionals in the sector and discuss your work with them. Discover all the experts and connect with them in one or more 20-minute sessions.

The Photobook Hub is a space entirely dedicated to independent photobooks, located inside DumBO’s Spazio Bianco. A selection of international and Italian publishers will be presenting their best titles, with book launches and talks being part of the main program.

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We always look for partners and volunteers to support all the Festival activities: exhibitions, workshops, talks, tours and events.

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