BARCELONA CIUTAT REFUGI from Barcelona City Council has decided to change the kind of pictures used in their website. From December 2018 BARCELONA CIUTAT REFUGI has decided to use pictures taken by refugees or asylum seekers persons in their new environment, in Barcelona, instead of pictures taken by photojournalists in their home countries, refugees’ camps and border crossings.

All the pictures used in the slide show of their homepage were taken by the participants of the project Sueños Refugiados, which I conceived and directed during 6 months in 2017.

We are proud of having been chosen by the Barcelona City Council / Refugee City to illustrate their website.


En novembre 2017, Héctor Mediavilla, en collaboration avec l’Agence de coopération espagnole (AECID), a conçu et dirigé 3 ateliers dans 3 villes africaines (Dakar, Niamey et Bamako). 35 jeunes photographes africains du Sénégal, du Niger et du Mali ont participé à un atelier d’une semaine au cours duquel ils ont perfectionné leurs compétences en photographie et ont développé un projet personnel sur le thème Afrotopia, inspiré par le livre de l’économiste Felwine Sarr Une sélection issue des 35 projets a été présentée au Conservatoire des Arts et Métiers Multimédia de Bamako dans le cadre du OFF des Rencontres de Bamako 2017, Biennale Africaine de la Photographie.


UMBRAL is an artistic and social project, an initiative to reflect on migration and racism. Organised by the Barcelona city council.

13 artistic interventions on 13 stations of the Barcelona subway will be displayed from 10th December 2018 until 6th February 2019.

Umbral project, which includes 13 exhibitions in the Barcelona subway system has been curated by Imma Pietro Carillo.

A selection of the artistic results of the Participatory Photography Project SUEÑOS REFUGIADOS, will be exhibited at the Fabra i Puig station until Februrary 2019.


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Launch of the hard-cover 165 pages catalogue of the project Afrotopia Acerca, which includes a selection of the works of the 35 African photographers, who took part in 3 workshops conducted by Héctor Mediavilla last November in Dakar (Senegal), Niamey (Niger) and Bamako (Mali).

There is also an introduction text by the Spanish Ambassador in Mali and a text by Héctor Mediavilla.

Original idea & direction: Héctor Mediavilla

Design and lay out: Lorenzo Cerrina /

Printing: Artegraf.

Publisher: Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores, Unión Europea y Cooperación / AECID

Héctor Mediavilla se incorpora a FOTOGRAFIA A CATALUNYA

Héctor Mediavilla s'incorpora a FOTOGRAFIA A CATALUNYA, un dels fruïts del Pla Nacional de Fotografia impulsat pel Departament de Cultura des de desembre del 2014 en compliment de l'Acord de govern dedicat a aquest tema.  Ha estat desenvolupat a partir d’un grup de treball que va recollir les conclusions d’iniciatives anteriors, com ara el document del 2011-2012 del Grup d’Experts d’Anàlisi del Patrimoni Fotogràfic Català que va fer la Direcció General d’Arxius, Biblioteques Museus i Patrimoni o l’informe del CoNCA sobre l’estat del sector de la fotografia, també del 2011. Per a la definició del lloc web es va utilitzar com a base el projecte de Luz Gámiz “Museu Líquid de la Fotografia a Catalunya” de 2014.

Un grup d’experts ha seleccionat un catàleg de 600 fotògrafs imprescindibles de la fotografia a Catalunya que té la voluntat de recollir totes les èpoques i tots els formats fotogràfics, amb un criteri principal que és la qualitat...




Sneak peak of #Mupho -@Musee de la Photographie de St Louis, part of the Dak'ART OFF, Biennale D'Art Africain Contemporain

 Projection series featuring works by Djeneba Aduayom - Héctor Mediavilla & Samia Ziadi

6th and 11th of May at 7:00pm
La Villa Rouge
1 rue Fila - Fann Hock (1st left after hôtel Le Djoloff) - Dakar




The open-air market and the people who trade in them are a common denominator of every African society. It’s where life converges: meals are planned, hair gets done, broken things get resuscitated, news is exchanged, livelihoods are made. By day, a market’s beauty lies in the experience of being in it, surrounded by the throngs, haggling and scoring. But by night, the closed market morphs into an eerie space, marked by the finality of the past day’s fortunes (or misfortunes) and the anticipation of those to come.

Spanish photographer Héctor Mediavilla’s new photo essay, “Sorry We are Closed,” probes the purgatory of night time in markets in Niamey, Bamako and Dakar. He is known for looking at social issues and social groups as they relate to their surroundings. With “Sorry We are Closed” Mediavilla asks us to sit with what we can’t easily appreciate during the day, namely how much grit and precarity market sellers deal with. Spotlights reveal stacks of rickety tables, storage facilities fashioned from crinkled tarps, debris, stalls doubling as the evening’s shelter. You wonder, did the seller have a good day? What is life like working everyday vulnerable to the elements? How do merchants manage the vagaries of customer demand?

The greatest strength of the collection is that, even with people almost completely absent from the frame, each image manages to celebrate human resilience. Despite the relentless hustle, street vendors return to – and endure under – these conditions, day after day, night after night. And we, the buyers, are grateful to them for it.

Sala Patterson contributing writer at Galerie Number 8