Ricardo Cases

Spain 1971

Conceptual Art, Photography

Ricardo Cases
Ricardo Cases
April 9, 2015
Alias of Jasmina Sevic, a researcher and author for Widewalls. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Science (Department for Journalism) in Belgrade in 2013.

Ricardo Cases is a Spanish conceptual photographer born in Orihuela in 1971. His work is distinguished by a use of intense colors, whether he is documenting traditional activities in rural Spain or gently poking fun at the peculiarities of city living. Photographer earned his BA in Sciences of Information from the Universidad del País Vasco, Bilbao.

Paloma al Aire

Cases gained recognition in the photography world with his series Paloma al Aire (Dove into the Air), which captures colorful pigeon races in the Spanish regions of Valencia and Murcia, a game consisting of releasing one female pigeon and dozens of male pigeons that chase her trying to get her attention. None of them ever gets too intimate, but the winner is the one that spends the most time close to her. The winner is not the most athletic, the toughest or the purest in breed but the more courteous, the one showing more constancy and having the strongest reproductive instinct.

Ricardo Cases, Untitled, from the Paloma al Aire series, 2011, photo courtesy – artist

For this competition the animals are painted in different colors and patterns. Cases’ images capture the men’s fascination and passion, with which they practice this hobby. The spots of colors in the sky, in the trees and on the balconies do not remind of pigeons, but rather of exotic birds. They seem magical, picturesque almost surreal. Cases documented the sport between 2008 and 2011. His photobook Paloma al Aire that was one of the most acclaimed photo books of 2011.

El Porqué de las Naranjas

In one of Cases’ latest work, El porqué de las naranjas (The reason of oranges), he does not document the surface symptoms of reality, but instead renders the non-visible, the mechanistic. In his immediate surroundings, the fertile region of Levante in Spain, the photographer reveals ephemeral moments that might otherwise go unnoticed. Out on the streets he sets out to make visible the laws that regulate the universe, hunting down the elementary participles in the same vein as a nuclear physicist attempting to identify the Higgs particle. Cases uses the landscape as a laboratory, a place where these mechanisms can manifest themselves freely. The work is not a portrait of Levante itself, but of the spirit of Levante, and thus of the spirit of Spain as a whole. Amongst Paloma al Aire and El porqué de las naranjas, Cases has published photobooks Belleza de barrio, 2008, as well as La caza del lobo congelado, 2009.

Fiesta Ediciones

In 2009 Cases has started the publishing house Fiesta Ediciones with designer Natalia Troitiño. Their philosophy is to publish works from authors who spend most of their time working and not just giving visibility to their projects. In 2006 Cases joined the Blank Paper Photography Collective, and since 2013 he has been a member of the AMPARO platform.

Colaboration with TIME Magazine

In 2012 TIME asked Cases to travel to Florida to cover Republican presidential primary, which Mitt Romney won. Although Cases had never photographed American politics before, he captured very vibrant images of candidate former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and the voters he hoped to persuade, as well as events for Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum. In 2013 Cases came to Maryland and spent three days documenting the worship services at two evangelical churches for TIME: La Roca de la Eternidad, Rock of Eternity Church, and Iglesia Cuadrangular el Calvario, Calvary Foursquare Church. Evangelical worship service is specific because it usually includes rock bands, streamers, tambourines, flags, dancing, and loud praying. Cases’ images capture the blend of intensity, isolation, and fiesta that is often part of the evangelical experience.

Ricardo Cases lives and works between Madrid and Valencia.

YearName of the exhibitionMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2014Paloma al aireGeneva, SwitzerlandSolo
2014Paloma al aireAnzenberger Gallery, Vienna, ViennaSolo
2014Paloma al airePhotobook Museum, Cologne, GermanySolo
2014El blancoLagosphoto Festival, NigeriaSolo
2014Belleza de barrioCFC, BilbaoSolo
2013Paloma al aireArs Libris, Arts Santa Monica, BarcelonaSolo
2013Paloma al aireMustang Art Gallery, ElcheSolo
2013Latino - Us CootidianoResidence of the Ambassadors of Spain, Washington, D.C.Group
2012Belleza de BarrioParquing, Scan Festival, TarragonaSolo
2012Paloma al aireGuernsey FestivalSolo
2012Belleza de BarrioCentroCentro, Main Hall MadridSolo
2012PhotobolsilloFnac, MadridSolo
2012AndromesticoLa Fresh GalleryGroup
2012Tal como somos. Identidades cotidianasAyuntamiento de MadridGroup
2011Paloma al aireDr Nopo, ValenciaSolo
2011Paloma al aireBlank Paper, MadridSolo
2011Belleza de BarrioSala Cai Luzan, ZaragozaSolo
2011Paloma al aireLa Fresh Gallery, MadridSolo
2011Serrano BoogieAbphoto, AlbaceteSolo
2011Serrano BoogieZphoto, ZaragozaSolo
2011Paloma al aireAngeles Banos Gallery, BadajozSolo
2011The Book AwardLes Reencontres dArlesGroup
2010Serrano BoogieFestival Emergent, LeridaSolo
2010Serrano BoogieGaleria Mediadvanced, GijonSolo
2010La caza del lobo congeladoLibreria Anti, BilbaoSolo
2010Self Publish, Be HappyPhotographer s Gallery, LondonGroup
2010EcoTabacalera, MadridGroup
2010Los mejores libros de fotografia del anoPhotoespanaGroup
2010Oscuro y salvajeLa casa encendida, MadridGroup
2009Belleza de BarrioEl Fotomata Gallery, SevillaSolo
2009La caza del lobo congeladoKursala Exhibition Hall, Universidad de CadizSolo
2009La ciudad que soyCIFP Exhibition Hall, LangreoSolo
2009Belleza de BarrioLa Fresh Gallery, MadridSolo
2009Belleza de BarrioMiguel Hernandez Foundation, Orihuela, AlicanteSolo
2009Aqui. Cuatro fotografos desde MadridInstituto Cervantes, MillanGroup
2009Aqui. Cuatro fotografos desde MadridFundacion Canal Isabel II, MadridGroup
2008La caza del lobo congeladoGetxoPhotoSolo
2008Belleza de BarrioAngeles Banos Gallery, Badajoz, SpainSolo
2008La caza del lobo congeladoEspai Catala-Roca, BarcelonaSolo
2008La caza del lobo congeladoFnac, MadridSolo
2008UnknownLa Fresh Gallery, MadridGroup
2008Retratate. Mirate.PhotoEspana, MadridGroup
2008LookdeBookGaleria Pilar Riberaigua, AndorraGroup
2008All Inclusive. New Spanish PhotographyPingyao, ChinaGroup
2008All Inclusive. New Spanish PhotographyLiptovsky Mikulas, EslovakiaGroup
2008Laberinto de MiradasLima, PeruGroup
2007At HomeIbiza Home Video Festival, Ibiza, SpainGroup
2007New Spanish PhotographyFotofestival de Lodz, PolandGroup
2007Photosensitive SpaceLodz, PolandGroup