In his project Paloma al Aire, Ricardo Cases shows a completely different type of relationship between culture and nature. His inspiration comes from the centuries-old traditional competition of pigeon breeders held in the Spanish region of Valencia. In the competition, natural phenomena become signs, and animals contribute to the creation of a performance rooted in the cultural archetypes of the local community (the macho figure). Male pigeons, brightly painted for easier distinction, are released to pursue a fleeing hen pigeon. The winner is the pigeon that has spent the most time with the female and that has managed to keep her by his side at the close of the day.
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