"SORRY WE'RE CLOSED" PROJECTION AT DAK'ART 18

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

"SORRY WE'RE CLOSED" EXHIBITION ON ARTSY

MARCH 15TH- APRIL 30TH

PRESS RELEASE

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

HECTOR MEDIAVILLA JOINS FOCUS ARGENTUR PHOTO AGENCY

 

Since February 2018 Héctor Mediavilla joins the German photo agency FOCUS ARGENTUR.

The agency was founded in November 1979 by Margot Klingsporn who is still the main shareholder and director.

From the very beginning, it was the agency’s aim to represent internationally acclaimed photographers, and top quality work has always been our highest priority. Today, we cooperate with leading photojournalists from around the world and the most important agencies.

Our photographers’ works are published in Germany and internationally in major magazines and newspapers such as Stern, Geo, Der Spiegel, National Geographic, Paris Match, El Pais, Time Magazine etc.

Focus supports international book projects in which photographers from across the world are involved.

In addition to cooperating closely with magazines and publishing companies, the agency is well connected to PR and advertising agencies. Many of the photographers do corporate work for companies and industry as well for cultural institutions and the tourism industry.

2 EXPOSITIONS AUX RENCONTRES DE BAMAKO 2017

On a présenté deux expositions au Centre d'Arts et Métiers Multimédia (CAMM) dans le cadre du festival des Rencontres de Bamako 2017, biennale de photographie africaine.

1. Collective des participants dans les 3 ateliers consecutifs de création photographique faits à Dakar, Niamey et Bamako pendant le mois de novembre par Héctor Mediavilla.

2. Individuelle de Héctor Mediavilla, Niger Blackstage.

Vernissage, le mardi 5 de décembre à 18 h au CAMM de Bamako.

ATELIER DE FORMATION PHOTOGRAPHIQUE (Bamako)

20-24 Novembre
Semaine d'atelier de formation photographique intense et rigoureuse avec Héctor Mediavilla, (photographe réalisateur espagnol) sur le thème Afrotopia (Emergence Afrique) avec les étudiants du Conservatoire des Arts et Métiers Multimédia.
Remise des certifications de participation délivrée par SE M. l'Ambassadeur de l'Espagne au Mali.
Exposition sur la biennale Afrotopia début Décembre au centre culturel français du Mali.

Fin de l'atelier photographie et remise des attestations aux étudiants participants du conservatoire des arts et multimédia qui exposeront dans le cadre du OFF de la Biennale de Bamako.

TALLER DE CREACIÓN FOTOGRÁFICA (Niamey)

13-17 noviembre

Aunque no es el aparato lo que convierte a una persona en fotógrafo, no se puede prescindir de la técnica y más si se cuenta con formadores como los del taller de fotografía artística que acaba de organizar la AECID y la Embajada de España. Con Héctor Mediavilla y Apsathou Bagaya, hasta los detalles técnicos son pretexto para divertirse aprendiendo.

Victor Franco

Segunda Jefatura de la Embajada de España en Níger

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Même si ce n'est pas l'appareil qui fait quelqu'un devenir photographe, on ne peut se passer de la technique et d'autant plus lorsqu'on compte sur des formateurs comme ceux de l'atelier de photographie artistique que l'Agence Espagnole de Coopération au Développement (AECID) et l'Ambassade d'Espagne viennent d'organiser. Avec Héctor Mediavilla et Apsathou Bagaya, même les détails les plus techniques sont une excuse pour s'amuser en apprenant.

Victor Franco

 Premier Conseiller à l’Ambassade d’Espagne au Niger

#somoscooperación
#acerca

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ATELIER DE CRÉATION PHOTOGRAPHIQUE SENETOPIA (Dakar)

7-10 novembre

Premier atelier de création photographique du programme #ACERCA de la #AECID avec un petit group de 8 photographes.