Join us for the book launch of People of the Mud by Luis Alberto Rodriguez, published by Loose Joints.
With a background in professional dance, Rodriguez’s work pays tribute to the metaphorical weight of centuries of physical labour behind cultivating the landscape and maintaining cultural heritage. Images of scarred limbs and hands, from the field and from sport, function as a cartography of these bodies, as culture both shapes and is shaped by the individual. Elsewhere, we see the exaggerated glamour of modern female Irish dancers taken out of the glitzy ballrooms and into the fields, creating a rupture across time and space.
Rodriguez was also struck by the intense physicality of the sport of hurling. Considered to be the fastest sport on grass, while watching slow-motion footage of hurling Rodriguez saw that within seconds the players would go through pushing, shoving, grabbing, hugging, knocking each other down and then lifting one another up. Rodriguez worked with players to reform these gestures: creating sculptures out of bodies, directing and literally layering players upon one another.
Berlin-based US artist Luis Alberto Rodriguez completed a very productive two months residency in late summer 2018 at Cow House Studios, Wexford, organised by PhotoIreland and Futures Photography, and co-funded by Creative Europe. The resulting work was exhibited a year later, May-August 2019, at The Library Project as part of PhotoIreland Festival.
Now, we are looking forward to bringing the project back to The Library Project, with the launch of the excellent photobook produced by Lewis Chaplin and Sarah Piegay Espenon of Loose Joints publishing.
The book includes texts by Tim Walker and Photo Historian Dr. Orla Fitzpatrick. Limited signed framed prints and signed copies of the book available at the opening, and pre-orders are available online now.