biographies Héctor Mediavilla / Baudouin Mouanda

Héctor Mediavilla

Héctor Mediavilla
Born in 1970, Héctor Mediavilla currently lives between Barcelona and Guanajuato (Mexico). Holder of a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Studies and a Master Degree in Business Administration by ESADE in Barcelona, he also obtained a postgraduate degree in Cultural Management by IDECUniversitat Ramón Llull in Barcelona. His photographic training is mostly self-taught. He has taken part in many workshops, among which stand out the 2001 and 2002 Photographic Encounters in Albarracín. Since 2001, he works as an independent documentary photographer for several media and organisations, both national and international, and has carried out features in Africa, Latin America and Europe. From 2003 to 2005, he trained Congolese professional photographers in the framework of the European Union’s Program for Visual Arts. He also performed projects in the French Cultural Centre of Brazzaville, such as the first exhibition on sapeurs in December 2005. That year, he received the Fotopres scholarship from La Caixa Foundation to develop part of that work and was also a runner-up in the Discovery contest of PhotoEspaña with that same project. In 2007, he obtained the Picture of the Year International award in the Magazine Portrait category. In 2008, together with other independent photographers, he founded the Pandora collective. From October 2009 to July 2010, he took part in the exhibition The Sape Universe at the Paris Dapper Museum with his series on the sapeurs, with which he also won in 2010 the jury award in the Project Competition Award of the Center (Santa Fe, USA) and was a runner-up in the Hansel Mieth Award contest (Germany). His Pictures are regularly published in media such as Géo, Colors, Esquire, Alternatives internationales, XXI, Times, New York Times, Io Donna, L’espresso or L’Internazionale. He has also worked for several NGO, including Doctors of the World and Intermon Oxfam.

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Baudouin Mouanda

Baudouin Mouanda
Baudouin Mouanda was born in 1981 in Brazzaville, where he is the technical coordinator of the Génération ELILI collective. He started in photography in 1993 and immediately began working as a photojournalist for local Brazzaville journals, where he was nicknamed “Photouin”. With his work “The Sequels of War”, he left conformism for an accusing look on the continuing wars suffered by the Congo. He was elected best photographer by the jury of the Academy of Fine Arts of Kinshasa and received and award in the Fifth Games of Francophony in Niamey (Niger) in 2005. In 2007, he obtained a residency scholarship in Paris, where he made an internship of specialisation in the CFPJ (Centre de Formation et de Perfectionnement des Journalistes). He took advantage of being in Paris to carry out a personal work on the Congolese society in Paris and outlying neighbourhoods titled Sapologie, which he continued in 2008 in Brazzaville. In 2009-2010 he exhibited this work in the Paris Dapper Museum and in the Framework of the African Photographic Encounters, the Bamako Biennial Exhibition, where he was granted the award Jeune Talent as well as the award from the Blachère Foundation. He recently enjoyed a residency (Visa for Creation) for three months in Libreville (Gabon) to develop his project “Hip Hop and Society”, while following the presidential elections in that country. Baudouin Mouanda makes regular publications in Afrique magazine, Jeune Afrique, VSD, l’Express Style and Planète Jeune. His work is included in several international collections.

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