César Ordóñez, photographer and video-artist, develops his activity mainly between Barcelona (his hometown) and Tokyo (his city lab). He uses visual language and its universality, as a tool to reflect on today’s world, the beauty of existence and its fragility. Exploring how our thoughts and attitudes influence our environment, and the daily evolution of the societies in which we live, and vice versa. With a vital, intimate and often introspective style, his works move between the reality and the metaphor, between the lived moments and the dreamed ones.

His career as an author began in the late 80's in Barcelona, and he fully resume it from 2007 (when he created "Ashimoto", his first “Tokyoite” project) after a parenthesis of more than 15 years, during which he prioritizes his activity as a professional photographer in the fields of portraiture, fashion and advertising, and the associative work within the photographic world.

He has exhibited in Spain, Mexico, France, Russia, Japan, South Korea, China and Peru. He treasures 15 solo exhibitions and more than 50 group ones. In the Japanese capital highlights his participation since 2012, in the extensive project Tokyo-Ga.org, which brings together 100 international photographers. His works are part of important art collections such as: Fundació Foto Colectania (Barcelona, Spain), Auer Photo Foundation (Geneva, Switzerland) and Unicaja Foundation (Malaga, Spain), and several private collections. His latest book published is Tokyo Blur.



 

Solo exhibitions

2017   TOKYO INTIMO,  LPBC, Barcelona (SPAIN)
2014   TOKYO BLUR,  Galeria Atelier, Barcelona (SPAIN)
2013   LA INTIMIDAD,  Mondo Galería, Madrid (SPAIN)
2012   TOKYO INTIMO,  Patricia Conde Galería, Mexico D.F. (MEXICO)
2011   LA INTIMIDAD,  Sala Enart, Lleida (SPAIN)
2011   ASHIMOTO,  Mediadvanced Galería, Gijon (SPAIN)
2011   TOKYO,  Rita Castellote Galería, Madrid (SPAIN)
2010   KAGAMI, H2O Galería, Barcelona (SPAIN)
2008   ASHIMOTO, Emergent 08 Festival, Lleida (SPAIN)
2008   ASHIMOTO, SCAN 08 Festival, Tarragona (SPAIN)
2008   ASHIMOTO, H2O gallery, Barcelona (SPAIN)
2005   NIPPON NO ASHI, Calpe Fotos Galería, Alicante (SPAIN)
1999   JAPONESES, In2 Japan Festival, CCCB (Contemporary Culture Center of Barcelona), Barcelona (SPAIN)


Selected group exhibitions

2017   Un cierto Panorama (reciente fotografía de autor en España), Canal Isabel II, Madrid - until 23.07.2017
2016   Maridajes XVIII: Tipologías, Fotocolectania, Bodegas Roda, Haro, La Rioja (SPAIN) - until 31.05.2017
2016   Mirades BCN / SILENCIS series, Galeria Atelier, Barcelona (SPAIN)
2015   Mt. Rokko International Photo Festival 2015, Kobe (JAPAN)
2015   Korekara Japón, Mitte, Barcelona
2014   Intimidad Extimidad, Galeria Juan Naranjo, Barcelona (SPAIN)
2014   La Librairie Imaginaire (Tokyo-Ga), Galerie T, Paris (FRANCE)
2014   Gallery Weekend México,  Patricia Conde Galeria, Mexico D.F. (MEXICO)
2014   Languages and Aesthetics of Spanish Video Art, Alternative Space Loop, Seoul (S. KOREA)
2014   Korekara Japón (dual year Spain-Japan), Mitte, Barcelona
2013   Languages and Aesthetics of Spanish Video Art, Songwon Art Center, Seoul (S. KOREA)
2013   Tokyo-Ga 4 forest among us,  Gakushuin University, Tokyo (JAPAN)
2013   Swab Art Fair,  stand Galeria Atelier, Barcelona (SPAIN)
2013   Shooting Life, Galeria Hartmann_La Santa (Circuit 2013), Barcelona (SPAIN)
2013   Videoakt 03, International Videoart Biennial, French Institut Auditorium, Barcelona (SPAIN)
2013   4colors, The square of Arts, St. Petersburg (RUSSIA)
2013   XIV Unicaja Biennial Photo Award, Museum Joaquín Peinado, Ronda, Málaga (SPAIN)
2013   Tres projectes. Fotografia,  Galeria Atelier, Barcelona (SPAIN)
2013   XIV International Visual Arts Contest CEC, Sta. Catalina Castle, Cadiz (SPAIN)
2012   WeArt Festival, Barcelona (SPAIN)
2012   Entre Ville et paysage,  Galerie Detaille, Marsella (FRANCE)
2012   XIV Unicaja Biennial Photography Award, awarded work, Sala Siglo, Málaga (SPAIN)
2011   An image for a life - Orphan AID, Raina Lupa gallery, Barcelona (SPAIN)
2011   BAC Festival 2011, H2O gallery, Barcelona (SPAIN)
2011   Saint Petersburg Photo Vernissage 2011,  Central Exhibition Hall “Manege”, St. Petersburg (RUSSIA)
2011   TotArt 2010,  City hall of Picanya, Valencia (SPAIN)
2011   Difraccion,  Patricia Conde Galería, Mexico D.F. (MEXICO)
2011   On quan qui?,  Valid Foto Galería, Barcelona (SPAIN)
2010   XII International Visual Arts Contest CEC,  Sta. Catalina Castle, Cadiz (SPAIN)
2010   Loop Videoart Festival, H2O Galería, Barcelona (SPAIN)
2009   Video Art from Spain: Hybrid Generations, UCCA (Ullens Center of Contemporary Art),  Beijing (CHINA)
2009   Loop Videoart Festival, H2O gallery, Barcelona (SPAIN)
2008   Fish & Foto, H2O Galería, Barcelona (SPAIN)
2005   The Pyramide Exhibition, Sonimag, Barcelona (SPAIN)
2003   Sol y Sombra,  10th anniversary of twinning between Kobe and Barcelona, Hotel Majestic, Barcelona (SPAIN)

Fairs

2017   Utopia Markets Photo,  Barcelona
2016   Utopia Photo Market,  Barcelona

2015   Maco Foto,  Patricia Conde Galería, Mexico D.F. (MEXICO)

2015   Offprint London 2015, Multiplos, Tate Modern (Turbine Hall), London (UK)
2015   Arts LIbris, The Folio Club, Barcelona
2013   Room Art Fair,  Mondo Galería, Madrid
2013   Swab Art Fair,  GalerÍa Atelier, Barcelona
2012   VIP ART FairPatricia Conde Galería, New York (USA)
2012   Lima Photo 2012Patricia Conde Galería, Lima (PERÚ)
2011   Madridfoto 2011,  Galeria Rita Castellote, Madrid
2009   Madridfoto 2009,  Photolounge.eu, Madrid

WORKS IN ART COLLECTIONS

AUER PHOTO FOUNDATION, Geneva, SWITZERLAND
FUNDACIÓ FOTOCOLECTANIA, Barcelona, SPAIN
FUNDACIÓN UNICAJA,  Malaga, SPAIN
Private collections in Spain, France and Mexico

BOOKS

2014   TOKYO BLUR, selfpublished, November 2014
2013   BARCELONA, La Fábrica, several artists, December 2013

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

TIME OUT TOKYO nº 7 (summer issue), TOKYO BLUR, Interview by AnneMarie Luck, July 2015
AMERICAN SUBURB X, review of photobook  TOKYO BLUR, by Tom Medwell, June 2015
L'OEIL DE LA PHOTOGRAPHIE, featured article about ASHIMOTO series, June 2015
LENS CULTURE, featured article about ASHIMOTO series, May 2015
THE GUARDIAN, featured article about TOKYO BLUR series, February 2015
LENS CULTURE, featured article about TOKYO BLUR series, February 2015

AWARDS & GRANTS

2013  Grants of research and creation 2013, CoNCA (Council of Culture and Art of Catalonia)
            Granted project: "Tokyo. Un projecte continu"
2012   XIV International Visual Arts Award CEC, selected work
2012   Descubrimientos PHE 2012
2011   XIV Unicaja Biennial Photography Award, awarded and acquired work
2010   Grants of research and creation 2013, CoNCA (Council of Culture and Art of Catalonia)
             Granted project: "La intimitat"
2010   TotArt 2010, selected exhibition project
2010   XII International Visual Arts Award CEC, selected work
2002   LUX silver (personal project), AFP - Professional Photographers Association of Spain
1996   LUX gold (fashion), AFP - Professional Photographers Association of Spain