© XAVIER RIBAS - CV

 

Xavier Ribas is a photographer, senior lecturer at the University of Brighton, and visiting lecturer at the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia. He studied Social Anthropology at the University of Barcelona and Documentary Photography at the Newport School of Art and Design. His photographic work investigates contested sites, histories and memories. His earlier works looked at peripheral spaces and geographies of abandonment in photographic series such as Sundays (1998), Sanctuary (1998-2002) and Habitus (2007). More recent works grouped under the title of Concrete Geographies (2003-2009) take the form of large photographic grids and, occasionally, moving image, looking at temporary settlements, urban sites of corporate development and exclusion, and border territories.

Ribas has been involved in many international exhibitions including the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, the Stedelijk Museum, the Bluecoat Liverpool, Museo Universidad de Navarra, Belfast Exposed, Aperture Gallery, George Eastman House, Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Centro Huarte de Arte Contemporáneo and the Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo. His work is represented in major public and private collections including the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Stedelijk Museum, Fonds Nacional d'Art Contemporain, Museo Universidad de Navarra, Fotocollectie Universiteit Leiden, Centro Gallego de Arte Contemporáneo, and Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo. He has received awards, commissions and fellowships from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (2012-2015), the International Photography Research Network (2006), Commande Publique du Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication, Centre National des Arts Plastiques (2006), and Université de Toulouse II-Le Mirail (2007-2008), among others.

His work is compiled in a number of publications such as Xavier Ribas (Universidad de Salamanca, 1998), Sanctuary (Gustavo Gili, 2005), Concrete Geographies [Ceuta and Melilla Border Fences] (MUA, 2012), Concrete Geographies [Nomads] (Bside Books, 2012) and Nitrate (Macba, 2014). He currently lives in London.

 



Centre for Research Development, University of Brighton ; Understanding Conflict: Forms and Legacies of Violence

Xavier Ribas is represented by Galeria ProjecteSD, Barcelona

 

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2015
Nitrate, Museo Universidad de Navarra, Pamplona [Opening October 2015]
It Would Never Be Quite The Same Again, ProjecteSD, Barcelona
Nitrate, The Bluecoat, Liverpool. Curated by Carles Guerra
Solo Objects, ARCO 2015, Madrid

2014
Nitrate, Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA), Barcelona. Curated by Carles Guerra

2010
L.C. Virreina Centre de la Imatge. Barcelona. PDF + PDF

2009
Habitus, Belfast Exposed, Belfast. PDF
Nòmades, Galeria ProjecteSD, Barcelona. PDF

2006
Invisible Structures, Galeria ProjecteSD, Barcelona. PDF

2005
Fundació Fotocolectania, Barcelona
Espacios transitorios. Fotoencuentros, Colegio de Arquitectos, Murcia

2002
Salamanca. A Photographic Project, Centro de Arte Contemporaneo, Salamanca
Galería Antonio de Barnola, Barcelona
Galeria Forvm, Tarragona
Galería Visor, Valencia

2001
Forum de l'Image 2001, Toulouse
IMAGO'01, Salamanca
Urbi et Orbi, Festival de Photographie de la ville de Sedan
Nicephore+161, Festival de Photographie, Clermond-Ferrand

2000
Old Museum Arts Centre, Belfast

1999
Encontros da Imagem, Braga

1998
Centro de Fotografía Universidad de Salamanca
Galeria Forvm, Tarragona

 

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2015
A Handful of Dust. Le Bal, Paris. Curated by David Campany [Opening 16th Oct 2015]

2014
Asuntos domésticos. Visiona 03. Programa de la imagen. Diputación de Huesca, Huesca. Curated by Pedro Vicente
The Social Construction of Landscape. Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo, Sevilla. Curated by Yolanda Torrubia Fernández
Vestigios Invisibles. Espai d'Art Contemporani de Castelló. Curated by Mercedes Vicente and Pep Benlloch
Relat de Belles Coses Falses. Arts Santa Mònica, Barcelona
Playgrounds. Reinventing the Square. Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía. Curated by Manuel J. Borja-Villel, Tamara Díaz y Teresa Velázquez. PDF

2013
Art, Two Points. Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona. Curated by Bartomeu Marí
The Telling of Beautiful Untrue Things. 'Lo Pati' Centre d'Art Terres de l'Ebre
O Chair / O Flesh. Treignac Project. Curated by Matt Packer. PDF

2012
Lugares en Pérdida. Centro Huarte de Arte Contemporáneo, Pamplona. Curated by Teresa Blanch. PDF
The Inverted Mirror. Art from the Collection of 'La Caixa' Foundation and MACBA. Guggenheim Bilbao. Cuarted by Bartomeu Marí. PDF
Topografías de la Memoria. Fotografías de la Colección Ordóñez-Falcón. Alhóndiga Bilbao. Curated by Carles Guerra

2011
Volume! Works from the Colections of 'La Caixa' Foundation and MACBA, Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art - MACBA, Curated by Bartomeu Marí. PDF
Cultured Nature, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. Curated by Hripsime Visser. PDF

2010
This Must Be The Place. Jerwood Space, London. Curated by David Campany. PDF
Antes que Todo / Before Everything. Centro de Arte 2 de Mayo (CA2M), Madrid. Curated by Manuela Moscoso and Aimar Arriola. PDF (En) + PDF (Cast)
Itinerarios Afines. 10 Spanish photographers. National Museum of Contemporary Art (MNAC), Bucharest
Profecías. Museo de la Ciudad, Madrid, PhE 2010. Curated by Rafael Levenfeld and Valentín Vallhonrat. PDF + PDF
Profecías. Centro de Fotografía Universidad de Salamanca. Curated by Rafael Levenfeld and Valentín Vallhonrat. PDF

2009
Strange Places. Urban Landscape Photography. Stanley Picker Gallery, London. Curated by Alexandra Stara. PDF + PDF
Time as Matter (New Acquisitions), Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona - MACBA, Barcelona. Curated by Bartomeu Marí. PDF + PDF
Nature as Artifice. New Dutch Landscape in Photography and Video Art. Aperture Gallery, NY. Curated by Maartje van den Heuvel. PDF + PDF
Nature as Artifice. New Dutch Landscape in Photography and Video Art. George Eastman House, Rochester. Curated by Maartje van den Heuvel. PDF
Periferias. Centro de Arte 2 de Mayo(CA2M) , Madrid. Curated by Rosa Olivares. PDF + CA2M
Periferias. Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno (CAAM). Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Curated by Rosa Olivares. PDF
Session_2_Flags, Am Nuden Da, London
Campus en Images. CIAM-Université de Toulouse-Mirail, Toulouse
LugoLand. Lugo, Italy. Curated by Luca Nostri.
Nature as Artifice. New Dutch Landscape in Photography and Video Art. Neue Pinakothek, Munich. Curated by Maartje van den Heuvel. PDF

2008
Universal Archive. The Condition of the Document and the Modern Photographic Utopia. Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona. Curated by Jorge Ribalta. PDF + PDF
Nature as Artifice. New Dutch Landscape in Photography and Video Art. Kröller-Müller Museum. Curated by Maartje van den Heuvel. PDF
Objeto de Réplica. ARTIUM - Centro-Museo Vasco de Arte Contemporáneo. PDF
La sombra de la historia. Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea CGAC, Santiago de Compostela
Recorridos. Seis Fotógrafos de la Colección FotoColectania. Fundació Foto Colectania, Barcelona. PDF
Nou-Now. Contemporary Catalan Photography. F-Stop International Photography Festival, Leipzig. Curated by David Balsells. PDF Publication (extract)

2007
Beyond The Country. Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Cork. Curated by René Zechlin and Matt Packer. PDF + PDF         
Nou-Now. Contemporary Catalan Photography. FFi - Fotografie Forum international, Frankfurt. PDF Curated by David Balsells. PDF Publication (extract)
Ocho Visiones. Distrito C. Fundación Telefónica, Madrid. Curated by Pep Benlloch. PDF Publication         
Somewhere Between Fact and Fiction: Ben Callaway, Jenny Perlin, Xavier Ribas. Loop Barcelona 2007, Barcelona. Galeria ProjecteSD. PDF (En), PDF (Cast).
Existencias, Musac - Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, Léon
Idilio. Domus Artium / DA2. Salamanca. PDF
Cazadores de Sombras. Guangzhou Photo Biennial 2007. Guangzhou, Guangdong. Curated by Rosa Olivares
Cazadores de Sombras. Museo de Arte Moderno de Bogotá. Curated by Rosa Olivares. PDF
Local. The End of Globalisation. Photo España, Madrid. Cuarted by Paul Wombell. PDF
Itinerarios Afines. 10 Fotógrafos españoles. Canton Photo Biennial. Curated by Oliva María Rubio
European Parliament, Goethe Institut, Frankfurt, 2007 (touring)
Invisible Landscapes / Impossible Places, Espai 0, Girona, 2007. Curated by Lluís Sabadell i Artiga. PDF (En) + PDF (Cat) + PDF (Cast) + Web
Work (Changing Faces), Stedelijk Museum de Lakenhal in Scheltema, Leiden, 2007
Non Tutte le Strade Portano a Roma, Fotografia International Photography Festival, Rome 2007. PDF

2006
Naturalmente Artificial. El Arte Español y la Naturaleza (1968-2006). Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Esteban Vicente, Segovia. PDF
Filipiniana, Centro Cultural Conde Duque, Madrid. PDF + PDF
Del Paisaje Reciente, Fundación ICO - Photo España 2006, Madrid. Curated by Horacio Fernández. PDF

2005
In the Cities, Canal de Isabel II, Madrid

2004
Espace Fragile, Urbi et Orbi, Festival de Photographie de la ville de Sedan
Aconteixements, Primavera Fotogràfica 2004, Barcelona. Curated by Carles Guerra
Vacuum. Fotografías de Humberto Rivas y Xavier Ribas, Galería Antonio de Barnola, Barcelona
Mediterranean: Between Reality and Utopia. The Photographer's Gallery, London. Curated by Lisa Le Feuvre. PDF
Vides Privades. Colecció de la Fundació Foto Colectania. Barcelona and touring around Spain

2003
Proménons-nous, Gallery Commune, Tourcoing
Perfect Distraction, Zelda Cheatle Gallery, London
Des Espèces d'Espaces, Espace VOX, Montreal. Curated by Chantal Grande and Marie-Josée Jean. PDF
Espècies d'Espais, Tinglado 2, Tarragona. Curated by Chantal Grande and Marie-Josée Jean. PDF

2002
Urban Visions, Flowers East Gallery, London

2001
Contemporary Art Biennieal of Lyon. Curated by Anne Bertrand. PDF (Eng) + PDF (Fr)

1999
Near and Elsewhere, The Photographer's Gallery, London. Curated by Kate Bush. PDF

1998
Un domingo en Europa, PhotoEspaña'98, Madrid. Curated by Alejandro Castellote
Transportable, Tinglado 2, Tarragona. Curated by Chantal Grande and Gloria Malé

1994
SIMCITY- Simulation des öffentlichen Raumes, Bielefeld and Kassel. PDF

 

 

BOOKS

Nitrate, Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA), Barcelona 2014. ISBN: 978-84-92505-53-1 (Spanish) / ISBN: 978-84-92505-66-1 (English)
Concrete Geographies [Nomads], Bside Books, Barcelona 2012. ISBN 978-84-615-7229-8
Concrete Geographies [Ceuta and Melilla Border Fences], Universidad de Navarra, Pamplona 2012. ISBN_978-84-8081-325-9
Xavier Ribas (ed), Traces. Fundació Foto Colectania / Universidad de Salamanca, 2009. ISBN: 978-84-7800-266-5
Sanctuary, Editorial Gustavo Gili, Barcelona 2005. ISBN 84-252-2040-8
Xavier Ribas, Universidad de Salamanca, Salamanca 1998. ISBN 84-7481-988-1

 

 

PUBLICATIONS

Asuntos Domésticos. Diputación de Huesca, 2014. ISBN: 978-84-92749-42-3
Geografías Concretas [Nómadas]. CONCRETA 01, Abril 2013 [DESPLAZAMIENTOS Y DESALOJOS]. Text by Matt Packer PDF [En] [Cast]
La Relève / Cambio de Turno. Papel Alpha, núm 8 (2010), p 111-127. Ediciones Universidad de Salamanca. PDF
Antes que Todo / Before Everything. CA2M Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo. Comunidad de Madrid. Madrid, 2010. ISBN: 978-84-451-3323-1. PDF (abstract - Cast/En)
Profecías, Ediciones Universidad de Salamanca, Salamanca 2009. ISBN: 978-84-7800-225-2
Strange Places. Urban Landscape Photography. Kingston University, London 2009. PDF
PhotoArt. Photography in the 21st Century. Aperture, 2008. ISBN: 978-1-59711-062-4
Miradas Críticas en torno a la Colección del MUSAC. MUSAC, 2008. ISBN: 978-84-92572-04-5. PDF Texto Alberto Martín (Cast)
Imatges Metropolitanes de la Nova Barcelona. Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona. MACBA, 2008. PDF
Nature and Artifice. New Dutch Landscape in Photography and Video Art. Nai Publishers, Amsterdam 2008. English edition, ISBN 978-90-5662-028-8
Tàrraco. Mirada Actual. Fundació Caixa Tarragona, Tarragona 2008. Curated by Chantal Grande
10 Potographers, Canton Biennale; May 2007
Ocho Visiones. Distrito C. Fundación Telefónica, Madrid, 2007. ISBN 978-84-89884-74-8
Local. The End of Globalisation. Photo España/Comunidad de Madrid, Madrid, 2007. ISBN 978-84-451-3000-1
Non Tutte le Strade Portano a Roma, Zoneattive Edizioni, Roma 2007 ISBN 88-89303-02-6
Work (Changing Faces), Veenman Publishers, Rotterdam 2007 ISBN 978-90-86900-65-7
Cazadores de Sombras. Seacex, Madrid 2007. ISBN 978-84-95146-36-6
Itinerarios Afines. 10 Fotógrafos Españoles. Seacex / La Fábrica, Madrid 2007. ISBN 978-84-96008-72-4
‘Invisible Structures’, Source Photography Magazine, Belfast, Jan 2007
Naturalmente Artificial. El Arte Español y la Naturaleza (1968-2006). Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Esteban Vicente, Segovia, 2006. ISBN:84-933460-9-8
Filipiniana, Centro Cultural Conde Duque, Madrid (cat.), 2006. ISBN: 84-932950-2-7
Del Paisaje Reciente. Fundación ICO/Photo España , 2006, Madrid. ISBN 13:978-84-934684-2-2
En las Ciudades. Fotografía urbana en los fondos de la Fundación Foto Colectania. Madrid, 2005. ISBN 84-451-2747-0
Rosa Olivares, 100 Fotógrafos Españoles. Exit Book, Madrid 2005. ISBN 84-934639-1-4
Vidas Privadas. Fotografías de la Colección de Foto Colectania. Fundació Foto Colectania, Barcelona 2004
Des Espèces d'Espaces, VOX/Tinglado 2 Centre d'Art Contemporani, Tarragona, Spain. ISBN 2-9801608-9-X
Hyperurbano/Hyperurban. Quaderns d'Arquitectura I Urbanisme, July 2003. p. 8-37. Barcelona
Salamanca. Un Proyecto Fotográfico. Consorcio Salamanca 2002. ISBN: 84-95719-07-X
BLINK, Phaidon Press, London, 2002. ISBN: 0-7148-4199-4
Photoworks Magazine, Summer 2002, Brighton
IMAGO'01. Festival catalog. Salamanca, Spain, ISBN 84-95719-00-2
Biennale d'Art Contemporain de Lyon, Biennale catalogue, Lyon, 2001. ISBN 2-7118-4259-2
Quaderns Tecla Sala 2000, Centre Cultural Tecla Sala, L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona, 2000. ISBN 84-920102-8-2
Un divertissement idéal. CVphoto, nr. 51, pp.15-22, Montréal, 2000. ISSN: 0831-3091
IMAGO'98. Festival catalogue. Salamanca, Spain, 1998. ISBN: 84-7481-948-2
Transportable, Tinglado 2, Exhibition catalog. Tarragona, Spain, 1998
FotoPress '95. Fundació La Caixa, Barcelona, 1994

 

 

AWARDS

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) (2012-2015)
International Photography Research Network Fellowship (IPRN), Holland (2006)
Commande Publique du Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication - Centre National des Arts Plastiques, France (2006)
Photo España 2006 Special Mention Book Prize (Sanctuary, Gustavo Gili, 2005)
Arts and Humanities Research Board (AHRB) (2003)
Primavera Fotogràfica 2000 Best Catalogue (Xavier Ribas, Universidad de Salamanca, 1998)
PhotoEspaña'98 Leica Prize for outstanding new work (1998)
FotoPress'95 (1995)

 

 

COLLECTIONS

Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
Fonds Nacional d'Art Contemporain (FNAC)
Museu d'Art Conteporani de Barcelona (MACBA)
Museo Universidad de Navarra
Fotocollectie Universiteit Leiden
Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo (CAAC)
Centro de Fotografía de la Universidad de Salamanca
Centro Gallego de Arte Contemporáneo (CGAC)
Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León (MUSAC)
Centro-Museo Vasco de Arte Contemporáneo - Artium
Comunidad Autónoma de Madrid
Fundació Foto Colectania
Fundación Telefónica
Caja Ahorros Mediterráneo (CAM)
COFF Foundation
Domus Artium Salamanca (DA2)
Fundación Caja Burgos
Fundació Sorigué
Fundació Vila Casas