Produced by Grain Photography Hub in conjunction with Argentea Gallery, Noises in the Blood is an exhibition of works by photographer Lúa Ribeira.
Noises in the Blood is inspired by contemporary Jamaican dancehall ritual. Made in collaboration with a group of British Jamaican women in Birmingham, Ribeira recreated scenes from dancehall culture at the participants’ homes. By embracing the impossibility of fully understanding this cultural expression so very different from her own, Ribeira playfully dissects the ideas of femininity and sexuality within the performances. Ribeira does not intend the images to comment on the Dancehall, but to become the ritual itself. The power of the transformations of the women and the innovation and provocation that they engage, often clash with Western ideas of femininity. ‘Mythological powers, the concept of female divinity and sacredness in Afro-Caribbean culture, were very present in my visual search. Fed by their folklore and my imagination, universal subjects such as birth, love, death and sex are central to the encounters.’ – Lúa Riberia
Current recipient of the Jerwood Award and the Firecracker Grant, Noises in the Blood will be exhibited at Argentea Gallery (Birmingham), alongside a limited edition leporello book of the work published by Fishbar Books.
For the exhibition a new piece of writing has been commissioned by writer, curator and photographer Colin Pantall: ‘Lose the Noise and you Lose the Meaning’.
Dates: 29 March - 12 May 2018
Opening event: Friday 30 March 2018, 6-8pm
Open: 12:00 - 18:00 (Tuesday - Saturday)