Born in New York City, Luis Alberto Rodriguez trained to become a professional dancer throughout his childhood. He ultimately received his BFA from The Juilliard School in New York, and went on to perform all over the world for the next fifteen years. A self taught photographer, his focus shifted from dance onto photography after moving to Berlin.
Rodriguez’s work has been featured in various exhibitions and publications around the world. In 2017, Rodriguez won both the Prix de Public and the American Vintage prize at 32nd Hyeres Festival of Fashion and Photography.
In the fall of 2018, he was awarded a residency at Cow House Studios in Wexford Ireland in collaboration with FUTURES and Photo Ireland. During this time Rodriguez produced the evocative body of work entitled People of the Mud (Christopher Agency ).
While in Wexford, Rodriguez was 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.
However, with a step backwards we can see People of the Mud as just that – a collective community portrait of all the different elements that construct modern, rural Irish identities. Just like any family portrait, it is at times dysfunctional and contradictory.