Ricardo Cases

Estudio elemental del levante

The red palm weevil is a plague affecting palm trees that is transforming the traditional landscape of the Levante region in Spain, for which the palm grove was its emblem and the palm tree its urbanism vedette. In this work images of affected palm trees defeated by the parasite interact with Levante’s identity signs in a kind of multi-voiced symphony —folk signs, but also socioeconomic: brass bands and bricks—. I search in my immediate surroundings open relationships able to surface key issues of our contemporary history. In the subsequent and more radical photographic language I initiated with El porqué de las naranjas (MACK, 2014), the invisible and ubiquitous red palm weevil plague transforms into a wild metaphor symbolizing the infection, putrefaction and decadence of the Levante region in Spain.


Ricardo Cases was born in Orihuela (Spain) in 1971. He lives in Valencia. He holds a degree in Journalism from the University of The Basque Country. In 2006, he joined the Blank Paper Photography Collective.He was recipient of the prize of culture from the City of Madrid 2017. This is his third exhibition at Espace Jörg Brockmann.