Lua Ribeira

Portrait of Lua Ribeira

Lua Ribeira (1986) was born in Galicia, in the north of Spain. She received a BA Hons in Media Studies at the University of Vigo in 2009. In 2010 she moved to Barcelona and studied Graphic Design, where she discovered photography. Adopting it as a vocation, Ribeira moved to the UK in 2012 and later enrolled on the Documentary Photography course at the University of South Wales, where she graduated with honours in 2016.

Her practice, characterised by its collaborative nature, is the result of extensive research and an immersive approach to the subject matter. Ribeira is interested in trespassing social barriers and breaking the structural separation in relation to particular communities. By exploring the perception of life generated outside the strictly socially acceptable, her aim is to question the morals and values she grew up by.

Ribeira is the recipient of the Firecracker Grant 2015, Magnum Graduate Photographers Award 2017 and the Jerwood Photoworks Award 2018. Noises was published in book form by Fishbar in 2017. The series was also featured in the book ‘Firecrackers, Female Photographers Now’, published by Thames & Hudson in 2017. Ribeira joined Magnum as a Nominee in 2018.