Paloma al aire by Ricardo Cases. First edition (2011). First impression. Small format paperback in fine condition. Signed by Ricardo Cases to back of front cover. No markings. Please see pictures. PayPal accepted, any questions please get in touch.
About Paloma al Aire
Ricardo Cases' third photobook deals with an unusual subject: the practice of pigeon racing 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. The macho.
The present series examines the game as a symbolic act, a projection and a way of relating to the world. A group of men running through the countryside behind their male pigeons, observing their mating performances, discussing the rules and arbitrations? It refers to the ethnographic documentation of remote tribes rituals or to the group of children who invent a game while discovering the world.
Ricardo Cases at his purest.
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