XAVI BOU (BARCELONA, 1979)

Xavi Bou’s grandfather instilled in him a passion for nature from the time he was a little boy. That passion impelled Xavi toward the natural sciences, and in 2003 he graduated with a degree in Geology from the University of Barcelona. In 2004 he went on to complete his studies in photography, and for the next decade, Xavi worked in the advertisement and fashion industry combining it with teaching photography.

However, Xavi’s love of nature was always present, so in 2012 he embarked on Ornithographies; photography inspired by his curiosity about the invisible patterns traced by birds in flight. “My intention is to capture the beauty of the bird’s flight in a single moment, making the invisible visible. Ornithographies moves away from the purely scientific practice of Chronophotography that 19th-century photographers Eadward Muybridge and Étienne Julies Marey developed. It is the balance between art and science, a project of naturalist discovery, and, at the same time, an exercise of visual poetry.”

In his work, art and science unite to capture a moment that is past, present, and future, all at once.

Xavi’s 2015 debut of Ornithographies instantly caught the attention of international publications and collectors, and his work has since been published in National Geographic, The Guardian, Der Spiegel, Geo, and Sonntag, among many others. Xavi has exhibited Ornithographies in Australia, Holland, The United States, Spain, Switzerland, France, Russia, and Greece.

When Xavi is not setting up his tripod on a roof, rock, or windswept plain, he is at work in his studio in the center of Gracia, Barcelona, preparing future exhibitions and editing a book of his work.

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ORNITHOGRAPHIES EXHIBITIONS

> CURRENT, Zingst photo festival, Max Hunter Haus gallery, Germany. 2021
> Solo show, KANT photo festival, October, Denmark. 2021
> Screening, ForadCamp, Catalonia, 2021
Solo show, Cosmocaixa, June, Catalonia. 2021
Solo show, Luminic Photo Festival, March, Catalonia. 2021
Solo show, La Destil·leria Art Gallery, Mataró, Catalonia. 2021
Group show, L’Illot Sauvage, Renne, France. 2020
Solo show, Kant Festival, Thisted, Denmark. 2020
Solo show, Mazier University in Saint Brieuc, France. 2020
Solo show, Phyletisches Museum in Jena, Germany. 2020
Solo show, Université de Rennes, France. 2019/2020
Solo show, Centro Fotográfico Alvarez Bravo, Oaxaca, México. 2019
Group Show, Bath House Cultural Center, Dallas, US. June 2019
Solo show, Punt De Vistes Art space, Barcelona. 2019
Solo show, VIPHOTO festival, Euskadi. 2018
Solo show, “Stream Unconference”, Greece. 2018
Solo Show, Triple Space art Gallery, Rusia. 2018
Group show, “Photovisa festival”, Rusia. 2018
Solo show, “Festival Chapitre Nature”, France. 2018
Group show, “Phes”, Madrid, Spain. 2018
Solo show, Casa Golferich, Barcelona, Spain. 2018
Solo show, Fine Art Igualada Photo Festival, Spain. 2018
Solo show, Mijas Contemporary Art Centre, Spain. 2017
Solo show, NPO Swiss Cancer League, Switzerland. 2017
Part of “Leonardo, or the dream of flying”  Museum Twentsewelle, Holland. 2017
Group show “Freedom”, Aperture Foundation, New York, US. 2017
Ornithographies, group show, Fine Art Igualada Photo Festival, Spain. 2016
Project presentation at the Observatory, Barcelona, Spain. 2015

EXHIBITIONS

> Solo show “Autoretrats”, Can Basté, Barcelona, Spain. 2007
> Solo show “Paisatges Temporals”, Jardins de la Pau, Spain. 2007
> Group show, “Delta de Llobregat”, Prat de Llobregat, Spain. 2006
> Group show, Fotomercé la Virreina, Barcelona, Spain. 2006
> Group show, “Delta de Llobregat”, Jardins de la Pau, Spain. 2004
> Group show, “L’Estiu Insòlit”, Centre d’art la Capsa, Spain. 2004
> Group show, “Insomni”, Escola GrisArt, Barcelona, Spain. 2003
> Group show, “Cubic”, happing Pota Blava, Spain. 2003

SELECTED WEBSITES

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

> WWF magazine, August 2021
Revista Salvaje, Spring 2021
Birdlife magazine, Spring 2021
Natur Magazine, Germany , April 2021
Audubon Society magazine Spring 2021
Granta Magazine , November 2020
Yorokobu magazine, November 2020
Sierra Club Magazine , September 2020
Natuurfotografie Magazine, June 2020
N magazine , Norwegian Airlines, January 2020
> Binspired magazine, Belgium, June 2019
Courrier International, France, November 2018
Descobrir Catalunya, September 2018
La Fotografina Magazine, Spain, autumn 2018
Seo bird Life Magazine, Spain, autumn 2018
Fotoforum Magazine, Germany, November 2018
Der Greif Spring summer 2018
> Fine art FotoMAGAZIN edition, Germany, 2018
About trust magazine, Germany, September 2018
La fotografia magazine, Spain, September 2018
SEO birdlife magazine, Spain, September 2018
Audi Magazine, Worldwide, Spring 2018
212 Magazine, Worldwide, Spring 2018
Studio 21 Art Magazine, Lisbon, Spring 2018
Illustreret Videnskab, Denmark, May 2018
Fotomagazin, Deutschland, May 2018
Bild om Sonntag, Deutschland, April 2018
National Geographic USA, January 2018
Geo Russia, January 2017
National Geographic Spain, April 2017
Geo Deutschland, January 2017
> Pro Photographer Magazine New Zealand, January 2017
Migrate Magazine South Africa, December 2016
Chaeg Magazine South Korea, January 2017
Greenpeace Magazine Alemania, Octubre 2016
Wilderness Magazine , February 2017
Professional Photographer’s of America magazine, EEUU, January 2017
Revista superinteressante Brasil, February 2017
Visiones, España February 2017
Zygote quarterly. EEUU February 2017
The Guardian UK November 2016
Sonntag Alemania, October 2016
Volkskrant Holanda, November 2016
The Spiegel Alemania, November 2016
De morgen, Belgium, Octubre 2016
Metro Helsinki. November 2016
Metro Chile, November 2016
Metro Colombia, November 2016
Metro Mexico, November 2016
Politiken, Denmark December 2016

TALKS AND WORKSHOPS

Talk, «Caixaforum» Lleida, Catalonia, 2021
Talk, «Caixaforum» Girona, Catalonia, 2021
Talk, «Caixaforum» Palma de Mallorca,  Spain 2021
Talk, «Caixaforum» Tarragona,  Catalonia 2021
Talk, «Cosmocaixa», Barcelona, Catalonia, 2021
Talk, «E.T. Fest» webinar, 2021
Talk «Kant photo festival», online, 2021
Talk «Birdlife Rare Bird Club» online event, 2021
> Talk, TEDx, Konstanz University, online, 2020
Talk, «Birdlife Flyway» webinar, 2020
> Talk «Montphoto photo festival», Lloret de Mar, Spain 2019
Workshop, «Centro fotografico Alvarez Bravo», Oaxaca, México, 2019
Workshop, IDEP photography school, Catalonia, 2019
Talk «FIO Ornithology Fair», Extremadura, Spain 2018
Talk, «Utopia market» Art fair, Catalonia,  2018
Workshop, IDEP photography school, Catalonia 2017
Talk, «El Observatorio» photography School, Catalonia, 2015

COLLECTIONS

> Museum of American Bird Art at Mass Audubon, Massachusetts, USA
> Fundació Vila Casas, Catalonia
> University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics permanent art collection.
> Contemporary art Center, Mijas, Spain
> Private collectors in 27 countries.