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To coincide with our exhibition of ‘Noises in the Blood’, in collaboration with Argentea Gallery, we are delighted to offer a series of special editions for sale.
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
The title is borrowed from author Dr Carolyn Cooper’s book ‘Noises in the Blood: Orality, Gender, and the”Vulgar” Body of Jamaican Popular Culture’. Through Noises in the Blood Ribeira did not attempt to produce a series that reinforced the mass media’s view of dancehall and the female body as a denigration of women. She did not wish to ignore the display of the participants’ bodies nor their perception of femininity to create westernised versions of the dancehall ritual. Both strategies, she felt, would ultimately fail to acknowledge the complexity of cultural expression.
Recipient of the Jerwood Award and the Firecracker Grant, ‘Noises in the Blood’ will be exhibited at Argentea Gallery in early 2018, alongside a limited edition leporello book of the work published by Fishbar Books.
Lúa Ribeira Cendán (born 1986) is a Spanish documentary photographer based in Bristol. S he graduated in Graphic Design Degree BAU, Barcelona 2011, and with a BA in Documentary Photography from the University of South Wales, Newport in 2016. She was awarded the Jerwood Photoworks Grant 2018, the Reginald Salisbury Fund 2016, Firecracker Grant 2015 and Ditto Press Scholarship in 2015. She has participated in The Independent Air Residency, Denmark 2015, Photo España 2014, Emcontros da Imagem Discovery Awards 2015, Gazebook Photobook Festival 2015, and ‘A Fine Beginning’, Contemporary Welsh Photography exhibition London 2014 . Her work was selected by Susan Meiselas for inclusion in Raw View magazine’s “Women looking at Women” issue and has featured in the British Journal of Photography.
Noises in the Blood, 2015
Archival digital C-type Print, gloss
80 x 62 cm, unframed, £900
50 x 42 cm, unframed, £450.
+ postage and packing if applicable
More prints from this series are available and for sale. Please contact us for further information.
This limited edition, handmade screen print by the artist, is a commission launched during the UNSEEN Photography Festival and Art Fair (2014). The commission was a collaboration with GRAIN, Division of Labour and the Library of Birmingham.
This unique edition titled Communicating with the Ghost of Sir Christopher Wren was made by the artist at UNSEEN as a performative response to his work A System For Communicating With The Ghost Of Sir Christopher Wren’. (2014), an installation featuring 160 medium format slides projected via two vintage slide projectors, that select slides to display at random. Based on this random act Whipps printed the letters as a live event during the exhibition.
Stuart Whipps (b.1979) lives and works in Birmingham. His practice explores the relationship between the photographic image and object, between photography and narrative, and the slippery nature of archives. Whipps creates installations and books that tease complex narratives out of historic artefacts and moments.
Communicating With The Ghost Of Sir Christopher Wren,
Screen-prints, 420x594mm 4 x 10 Edition.
This limited edition, handmade by the artist, is part of the series A Child for Sacrifice, based on the research undertaken into the Sir Benjamin Stone collection and the history of a Warwickshire village. The work was created by by artist Faye Claridge, who uses archives, folklore and reminiscence to examine our past relationships and our current sense of national and personal identity.
This unique edition is available in the context of the exhibition of the Kern Baby sculpture at the Library of Birmingham. In addition to the sculpture, which stood in the grounds at Compton Verney, Warwickshire, prior to been exhibited at the Library, Claridge also made a series of photographs, A Child For Sacrifice. She worked with young people from a Warwickshire village to re-interpret customs using artefacts from the Marton Museum of Country Bygones.
Stone’s obsession was to “record history with the camera” for future generations and Claridge questions how we can approach such an ambition today. Her work asks how our sense of self, geography, community and time can be formed through the celebration of repeated and adapted customs.
A Child For Sacrifice (Marton Angel), 2015
Photograph, card, gold leaf, etching paper
Signed limited edition of 50 handmade by the artist
Frame 32x34cm, image 23x23cm
£450 (framed) + postage and packing if applicable
This limited edition print by internationally renowned artist Mat Collishaw was co-commissioned by Grain, The Library of Birmingham and The New Art Gallery Walsall. The print will both celebrate and raise income for two concurrent projects at each venue; a major solo exhibition at The New Art Gallery Walsall (25 September 2015 – 10 January 2016) and the display of a new work made in response to the photography collection at The Library of Birmingham (18 September 2015 – 10 January 2016).
Third Degree, 2015
70 x 70 cm + white border
Edition of 100 + 5 AP’s
£195 unframed (+ postage and packaging if applicable)