Subida Al Cielo (SIGNED) By Lua Ribeira

Subida al Cielo features five bodies of work by Galician photographer Lúa Ribeira made between 2016 and 2020: Subida al Cielo, Las visiones, Aristócratas, La Jungla and Los Afortunados [Ascent into Heaven, The Visions, Aristocrats, The Jungle and The Fortunate Ones].

In these five series, Ribeira approaches topics with a historical relation to documentary photography and representation, often within the context of institutionally constructed or held groups, or spontaneous anti-structures that emerge on the margins of society. Los afortunados takes place in Melilla alongside a group of young people in their journey to reach Europe from Morocco. In Galicia, Ribeira’s homeland, Aristócratas is made in collaboration with a religious institution that cares for a community of women with cognitive disabilities. Las visiones, made during a Semana Santa celebration, deals directly with Spain’s ancestral and cultural religiosity.

Throughout the book, the changes in space and time become dreamlike; as we settle in one place, the terrain quickly shifts to another, allowing new perceptions to emerge. ‘Subida al Cielo’ means ‘ascent into heaven’. It is an effort to sever our ties to the earth, to shake off the weight of our body and its gravity, to step outside ourselves and open the door to the inevitability of the unexpected.

The volume is accompanied by an in-depth essay by philosopher Carlos Skliar titled ‘The Fragile Look’.

Dalpine, 2023
h270 x w210 mm
212 pages
102 colour photographs
Text by Carlos Skliar


Lua Ribeira Subida Al Cielo Dalpine  2023

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