Life stories, Xavi Menós
On 16 November, "la Caixa" Foundation fellow Xavi Menós took part in the event 'The keys to social progress' at CaixaForum Madrid, where he presented his new photographic and audiovisual project carried out in conjunction with "la Caixa" Foundation.
Life Stories (Vidas Contadas) is an audiovisual collage filmed over months of travelling around Spain and Portugal, compiling stories of triumph over adversity and inspiration. Xavi Menós wants to convey the optimistic side of life with each one. "I want these photos to transmit joy, the joy of living. There are some very tough stories behind them but each one has a positive and, above all, a beautiful side".
This project forms part of the photographic calendar published by "la Caixa" Foundation every year but, this time, the calendar has gone even further, each image being accompanied by an audiovisual piece that helps to expand and tell the story behind each snapshot. Through photography and videos, this audiovisual mosaic immerses us in a more complex and global reality.
These are some of the protagonists:
- Rosa and Darío: "With Darío's support we've realised that life can't be lengthened but it can be broadened".
- Aridane: "I'm like a phoenix; I've risen again from my ashes".
- Ana: "After living on the streets for more than ten years, now what I like most is to take care of my home".
Xavi Menós graduated in Audiovisual Communication from Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) in 2003, receiving the university's Extraordinary Dissertation Award. In 2008 he completed a Master's degree in Media Studies at The New School in New York thanks to a postgraduate fellowship abroad from "la Caixa" Foundation. Xavi believes his fellowship was "a catalyst" for a major change in his life. "Without the fellowship, I wouldn't have had the opportunity to do all the things I've done over the past 20 years. Everything I've learned, in terms of networking and communication, has been applied to this project and my professional career.