Luis Alberto Rodriguez (US)

People of the Mud

29 April 2022 - 22 May 2022
Image: Luis Alberto Rodriguez, [The Defenders - Megan and Leanne], 2020, from the series [People of the Mud]. Commissioned by Photo Ireland. Courtesy the artist.

Image: Luis Alberto Rodriguez, The Defenders - Megan and Leanne, 2020, from the series People of the Mud. Commissioned by Photo Ireland. Courtesy the artist.


29 April 2022 - 22 May 2022


Collins Place (outdoor) [i]
45 Collins St, Melbourne
24 hrs




Wheelchair access



People of the Mud is made collaboratively amongst the communities of County Wexford in Ireland, where ancient tradition and modern life rub shoulders daily.

With a background in professional dance, Luis Alberto Rodriguez’ work creates sculptures out of bodies, directing and layering Irish hurling players upon one another. Elsewhere, we see the exaggerated glamour of modern female Irish dancers taken out of the glitzy ballrooms and into the fields, creating a rupture across time and space.

At the outset of his project, Rodriguez wanted to create a large family photograph, a collective community portrait of all the different elements that construct modern, rural Irish identities.

Curated by Photo Australia

Supported by Collins Place

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Founding Partners
  • Bowness Family Foundation
  • Naomi Milgrom Foundation
Major Government Partners
  • City of Melbourne Arts Grants Program
  • Creative Victoria
Major Partners
  • Maddocks

PHOTO Australia respectfully acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands upon which we work and live, and the rich and diverse Indigenous cultures across what is now called Australia. For over 60,000 years, Indigenous arts and culture have thrived on this sacred land, and we honour Elders and cultural leaders past and present. This was, and always will be, Aboriginal land.

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