Héctor Mediavilla Sabaté

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1970, lives in Barcelona.

He is a storyteller, who uses different audiovisual media to share his questioning of the human being from a social, cultural and political view. Photographer, director, educator, curator,  trainer and manager of photography projects participatory.

Professional photographer since 2001. He started denouncing injustices, he continued with projects that reflected on individual and group identity in different environments. Since 2010 he has been using regularly video  in his projects. He has received awards in competitions such as Pictures of the Year International or Fotopres, for example. He has published in media such as Colors, Geo, New York Times, El País, Time, Esquire, Gatopardo or XXI. His works have been exhibited all over the world, from the Guggenheim in Bilbao museum to the High Museum of Art in Atlanta or the French Institute in Kinshasa. The mini documentary that he directed about the Congolese Sapeurs was awarded in 2014 with a Grand and Gold Clio in New York and silver awards at the Cannes Lions and British Arrow Awards.

He directed his first participatory photography project in 2015, an experience that transformed the uses of his photography by recognizing these projects as powerful tools for social and individual transformation. Later he directed “Puc fer un milió de coses working with adults with borderline intelligence  and “Refugee Dreams”  with 11 young asylum seekers from 4 continents. All these projects were supported by the “Art for Change” program of La Caixa. He has also designed and facilitated workshops for African photographers. For example, 3 consecutive workshops “Afrotopia” about photographic creation that he conducted for 35 photographers in Senegal, Niger and Mali with the About Aecid program in 2017.

He has a degree in economics and an MBA from Esade. He studied a postgraduate in Cultural Management at the Pompeu Fabra University. For the last two years he has been participating in different workshops of photographic reflection and decolonial studies, which are expanding his questioning of reality towards new territories.