Noises in the Blood by Lua Ribeira. First edition (2021). First impression. Medium format hardcover in new condition. No markings. This is a new book. No copyright page. There is a little pink slip loosely laid in. Please see pictures. PayPal accepted, any questions please get in touch.
About Noises in the Blood
‘Noises’ by Galician photographer, Lúa Ribeira, is inspired by contemporary Jamaican dancehall ritual. It is made in collaboration with a group of British Jamaican women in Birmingham. Furthermore, Ribeira recreated scenes from dancehall culture at the participants’ homes. Ribeira embraces the impossibility of fully understanding this cultural expression so very different from her own. Moreover, she playfully dissects the ideas of femininity and sexuality within the performances.
The book’s title is borrowed from author Dr Carolyn Cooper’s book ‘Noises in the Blood: Orality, Gender, and the“Vulgar“ Body of Jamaican Popular Culture’. Also, ‘Noises in the Blood’ was originally used by writer Vic Read.
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. Simultaneously, she didn’t wish to ignore the display of the participants’ bodies. Nor their perception of femininity to create hip, urban, westernised versions of the dancehall ritual.
In conclusion, she felt that both strategies would ultimately fail to acknowledge the complexity of cultural expression.
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