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). His recent works grouped under the title of Concrete Geographies (2003-2009) take the form of large photographic grids, looking at temporary settlements, sites of corporate urban development and exclusion, and border territories.
Ribas has been involved in many international exhibitions and his work is represented in major public and private collections. 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), 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.