Bandia Ribeira

b. 1979, Spain

“Life is great” , part of the portfolio online for this festival, is a self published book released in 2014. Here I am presenting some of the photographs included in the book. This is an exploration of the area of South Wales, the most populated region in the South West of the United Kingdom. Once one of the most flourishing minig regions in Europe, nowadays faces similar circumstances than other Western developed and post industrial countries. Western post industrial societies are described by the sociologist Herbert Marcuse as “societies that intensify the fight for existence precisely when it would be possible to be suppressed”. This work is an attempt to explore the area and the people. For the first approach I chose to explore the area and its public space, where the social life takes place and power relations, values, history and collective culture manifest. The public as a whole from where to extract the exceptions to the rule as well, the magic in the mundane. This is a work in progress.

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Spain: +34 655930798
2015 BA Documentary Photography, University of South Wales, Newport, UK
2010 MA Photojournalism, Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona
2007 Degree Political Science, University Santiago de Compostela, Spain and Faculty of
Philosophy, Karlova University, Praha, Czech Republic
2011 Photo assistant, Agencia Lusa, Portugal
2010-2009 Collaboration with FIAS (Fundació per la Innovació i la Acció Social) as photography workshop facilitator, Barcelona, Spain
2009 Press photographer, El Progreso, Spain
Bilston Woods group show West Wharf gallery, Cardiff, Wales
Open for business group show organized by Magnum Photos and Multistory, University of South Wales, Newport
Cardiff Bay group show Bute Town Community and Arts Center, Cardiff, Wales
Made in Wales group show Oriel Colwyn gallery, Colwyn Bay, Wales
LIfe is great… Scan PhotoBooks, Scan Tarragona Photo Festival, Spain
Life is great… Group show photo books The Folio Club gallery, Barcelona, Spain
… De Vista So Sabao gallery, Viseu, Portugal
Daffodil pickers , solo exhibition Centro Cultural Regal Xunqueira, Viveiro, Spain
Cinema mundi , group show Photo Berlin Festival, Germany
Daffodil pickers, group show “Foto Traballo 2011″, Fundación Caixa Galicia, A Coruña, Spain
Daffodil pickers, Festival Emergents, section Pati de la Llotja, Lleida, Spain
2015 Reginald Salisbury travel award
2013 Honor mention, Foto Visura Spotlight grant
2012 Premi Ciutat de Barcelona, project “Racons”, participative photography in Wad Ras,
Barcelona City Council
2011 Finalist FotoTraballo, Fundación Nortempo, Spain
2010 Scholarship X Seminar Photography and Journalism Albarracín, Spain
Human Rights Institute, University of Connecticut, US
La Voz de Galicia, SP
Periódico Diagonal, SP
A Fine Beginning, UK, blog
Peter Brook prison photography, US, blog
Stefano de Luigi (VII), Ernesto Bazán masters PhotoEspaña, Chema Conesa, Martin Parr (Magnum)