The Pérez Siquier Centre and the Ibáñez Cosentino Art Foundation continue the ‘Diálogos Pérez Siquier’ programme with the exhibition ‘Un ambiente soleado’, by the photographer Ricardo Cases (Orihuela, Alicante, 1971). The exhibition will be inaugurated on Friday 7 July at 8 pm.
For this first cycle of exhibitions, which began at the end of 2022 and will run until the beginning of 2024, the curator, Sema D’Acosta, has selected four renowned artists: Txema Salvans (Barcelona, 1971), María Moldes (Pontevedra, 1974), Mar Sáez (Murcia, 1983) and Ricardo Cases (Orihuela, Alicante 1971). All of them photographers related to or born in the Levante area and connected to the Mediterranean Sea. As the curator of the project indicates, “in some way, the projects chosen are close to the spirit, landscape and light of Almería, the fundamental axis of the life and work of Carlos Pérez Siquier. A photographer whose career could be understood as an extremely honest visual chronicle of southern Spain”.
Thus, the main objective of the ‘Dialogues’ programme is to establish bridges between the Pérez Siquier Centre and mid-career Spanish photographers, underlining the fundamental importance of the language of a pioneer like Pérez Siquier among the most current generations. As D’Acosta points out, “the aim of this initiative is to link the figure and legacy of Carlos Pérez Siquier with the best of present and future Spanish photography”.
The exhibition: ‘Ricardo Cases. A sunny atmosphere’.
In the exhibition ‘A sunny atmosphere’ by Ricardo Cases (Orihuela, 1971), a dialogue is proposed between two of the most relevant photographic series by Cases in the last decade: Elemental Study of the Levante (2020) and The reason for the oranges (2014). Two projects that portray, from the author’s particular style, the reality of the Spanish Levantine regions as a place of contrasts where diverse realities coexist, ranging from the anarchic to the folkloric.
As the curator of the exhibition indicates, “Ricardo Cases’ Levante is a territory made of light, surprise, precariousness and chaos that avoids the traditional postcard and emphasises the disconcerting. A place without rules, fascinating and hallucinatory at the same time, that considers the spirit of today’s society from a less clichéd and more elusive perspective. In his work there is room for the sun, colour or elements as symbolic for the region as palm trees or oranges, but always treated from a new approach that revisits the Valencian idiosyncrasy”.
The exhibition ‘A sunny atmosphere’ by the photographer Ricardo Cases can be visited, free of charge, until 10 September during the usual opening hours of the Ibáñez Museum and the Pérez Siquier Centre: Tuesday to Saturday from 11:00 to 14:00 in the morning and from 17:00 to 20:00 in the afternoon, and on Sundays, from 11:00 to 14:00.