FE 2015

Un progetto del Comune di Reggio nell'Emilia
Comune di Reggio Emilia – Città delle persone

  • Untitled (Dog), Spain 2008 © Ricardo Cases
    Untitled (Dog), Spain 2008 © Ricardo Cases
  • Untitled (Dog), Spain 2008 © Ricardo Cases
    Untitled (Dog), Spain 2008 © Ricardo Cases
  • Untitled (Cap), Spain 2008 © Ricardo Cases
    Untitled (Cap), Spain 2008 © Ricardo Cases

Ricardo Cases, La caza del lobo congelado

The Frozen Wolf Hunt

Not long ago, the owner of a hunting reserve in the north hunted a wolf. During the good days the animal would have been stuffed or perhaps thrown directly into the rubbish bin. Now, this rare and illegally killed thing has ended its days in a deep freezer. ‘If important people come to hunt, we take it out of the freezer the day before and tell them: Look what we killed yesterday. It’s what they want to see’.


As Spain’s urbanization continues to expand nature is becoming more and more confined. Cities are work and economic centres and their populations continue to grow. Staying in the country means it can never belong to you: one has to move to the city in order to conquer the country.


But once one has arrived in the city the outlook changes. One has work, money and a sense of well-being but one begins to miss something. The conquest of the country turns into the conquest of a romantic ideal. The countryside that the city desires is not a wild place, not even an agricultural one. It is a theme park representing the country and somewhere to go to consume the ‘real thing’. Rural hotels try hard to be even more typically rural, the cheeses truly handmade, made-up names are given to things and places, and the city dwellers seem to remember the lives or generations that have gone before.


The fight with nature is one of the things that turns a man into a man. Years may pass without the urbanite ever seeing the animals he eats, only the thighs and fillets, actually killing an animal for food is almost a traumatic contact with reality yet exciting. It is life. To be able to say: I killed it.


Of course, that is the other reason why theme parks exist. A hunting reserve is not a place where there are still deer left: it is a fenced private property where deer are bred and fed during the entire year. When the hunting season begins the urbanite comes from the city in his four-wheel-drive with leather seats in search of his experience. He is taken in by the blood and the brute atmosphere that surrounds the hunt and it gives him back that which he lost: being a town dweller. With the shotgun in his hand, the Spanish town dweller who conquered the city remembers he is still a man, able to survive.


Later he has a photo taken with the frozen wolf and he climbs back into his four-wheel-drive without fully feeling what he had set out to encounter.


His face is alight with envy of the dogs who, drunk with blood, still know how to have fun like crazy.


Luis Lopez Navarro, 2007

Ricardo Cases’ works exhibited here are part of the group exhibition No Man Nature


Exhibition curated by Elio Grazioli and Walter Guadagnini
Works by Darren AlmondEnrico BedoloRicardo CasesPierluigi FresiaStephen GillDominique Gonzalez-Foerster e Ange LecciaMishka HennerAmedeo MarteganiRichard MosseThomas RuffBatia SuterCarlo ValsecchiHelmut Völter


The approach chosen for the No Man Nature exhibit is to explore the topics of ‘nature without man’ and ‘man without nature’, suggesting a heuristic reflection flowing from two opposite extremes. These extremes no longer mean just the unexplored, the unknown, the invisible and the unimaginable, but actually imply the possibility of a world no longer inhabited by man and, at the opposite end, of man’s invention of a world no longer inhabited by nature. These possibilities can in turn be perceived as dangers: on the one hand, there is the ecological danger of the destruction of nature and the self-destruction of the human species, and on the other, there is the danger of a “technological” euphoria with the attendant isolation of the human being from the world.   And again: sometimes we yearn to live in an unspoilt and deserted natural environment, like a dream of an impossible new beginning, while at the same time we are building a world modelled entirely on the virtual and the imaginary, including a natural world that is equally virtual and imaginary.

Finally, we might argue that if things are, or are going, that way, then there must be a reason for it. Hence, our reflection on extreme cases will also be an inquiry into ‘where we are at’. The exhibit uses images in order to raise these questions, putting forward examples that will urge viewers to ask themselves what their own position is with regard to these questions.

The general idea is always to use photography not as a document and a representation in itself, but as an opportunity in terms of the questions it elicits and its thought-provoking power. The issues raised about the man-nature relationship thus also become a metaphor of the role and function of photography.


Born in Orihuela, Alicante (Spain) in 1971, he holds a BA in Sciences of Information from the Universidad del País Vasco, Bilbao (Spain). In 2006 he joined the Blank Paper Photography Collective. In 2008 created with the designer Natalia Troitiño Fiesta Ediciones and since 2013 a member of the AMPARO platform. Since 2007 he develops his work as a teacher in Blank Paper School , in the European Institude of Design (Madrid, Spain) and in EFTI (Madrid, Spain).


“His photographic work focuses on the yearnings of the human being: the deep and universal longings of the citizen of the mass society, fighting against banality in an effort to transcend, confronting his own dignity with a medium always untrustworthy. To this end, he turns his eye to expressions of contemporary folklore, looking for the truth of the Spaniard: a townsman who is forced to live in the city, in modernity. Beyond a pop appearance distant and cynical he is interested in what is human and anthropological. Beyond the social and documentary, he searches for the truthful and universal pulsations beating beneath the banal surface often kitsch and lacking glamour of contemporary Spain”. Luis López Navarro


Represented by La Fresh Gallery (Madrid, Spain) and Galería Angeles Baños (Badajoz, Spain).


Saturday, May 16_11am_Teatro Cavallerizza


No Man Nature: Diane Dufour, Elio Grazioli and Walter Guadagnini with Enrico Bedolo, Pierluigi Fresia, Mishka Henner, Carlo Valsecchi, Helmut Völter. Book signing to follow

exhibition venue

Palazzo da Mosto
via Mari, 7
42121 Reggio Emilia


opening hours

• during the inaugural days
05/15 › 7pm - midnight
05/16 › 10am - midnight
05/17 › 10am - midnight
• from May 22 to July 26 the exhibits are open from friday to sunday
Friday › 4pm-11pm
Saturday › 10am-11pm
Sunday and holidays › 10am-8pm


Palazzo da Mosto