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 more than 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 in Spain, France, Russia and Mexico. His latest book published is Tokyo Blur.



 

Solo exhibitions (selection) 

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, Gijón (Spain)
2011   TOKYO,  Rita Castellote Galería, Madrid (Spain)
2010   KAGAMI, Galería H2O, Barcelona (Spain)
2008   ASHIMOTO, Emergent 08 Festival, Lleida (Spain)
2008   ASHIMOTO, SCAN 08 Festival, Tarragona (Spain)
2008   ASHIMOTO, Galería H2O, Barcelona (Spain)
2005   NIPPON NO ASHI, Calpe Fotos Galería, Calpe, Alicante (Spain)
1999   JAPONESES, In2 Japan Festival, CCCB (Contemporary Culture Center of Barcelona), Barcelona (Spain)


Group exhibitions (selection) 

2017   Un cierto Panorama (reciente fotografía de autor en España),  sala Canal Isabel II, Madrid (Spain) - until 23.07.2017
2016   Maridajes XVIII: Tipologías, Fotocolectania, Bodegas Roda, Haro, La Rioja (Spain)
2016   Mirades BCN / SILENCIS series, Galeria Atelier, Barcelona (Spain)
2015   Mt. Rokko International Photo Festival 2015, Kobe (Japan)
2015   Korekara Japón, Mitte, Barcelona (Spain)
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 (South Korea)
2014   Korekara Japón (dual year Spain-Japan), Mitte, Barcelona (Spain)
2013   Languages and Aesthetics of Spanish Video Art, Songwon Art Center, Seou l(South 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, Galería H2O, 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, Galería H2O, Barcelona (Spain)
2009   Video Art from Spain: Hybrid Generations, UCCA (Ullens Center of Contemporary Art),  Beijing (China)
2009   Loop Videoart Festival, Galería H2O, Barcelona (Spain)
2008   Fish & Foto, Galería H2O, 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 (Spain)
2016   Utopia Photo Market,  Barcelona
(Spain)
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 (Spain)
2013   Room Art Fair,  Mondo Galería, Madrid (Spain)
2013   Swab Art Fair,  GalerÍa Atelier, Barcelona(Spain)
2012   VIP ART FairPatricia Conde Galería, New York (USA)
2012   Lima Photo 2012Patricia Conde Galería, Lima (Peru)
2011   Madridfoto 2011,  Galeria Rita Castellote, Madrid (Spain)
2009   Madridfoto 2009,  Photolounge.eu, Madrid (Spain)

Works in art collections

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

Books & publications

2017   Un Cierto Panorama (Reciente fotografía de autor en España), several autors, Comunidad de Madrid (Spain)
2015   Mt. Rokko International Photo Festival, several autors, Utakatado Publishing (Japan)
2015   Time Out Tokyo, article and interview, magazine nº 7 (Japan)
2014   TOKYO BLUR, selfpublished
2013   BARCELONA, several autors, La Fábrica (Spain)
2013   XIV Premio Unicaja de Fotografía, several autors, Fundación Unicaja (Spain)
2009   LUX 2008, several autors, AFP (Spain)
2008   LUX 2007, several autors, AFP (Spain)
2006   LUX 2005, several autors, AFP (Spain)
2006   The pyramide exhibition, several autors, AFP (Spain)
2005   LUX 2004, several autors, AFP (Spain)
2002   Evophat, several autors, Indexbook (Spain)
2001   Nudi contemporanei, several autors, (Italia)
2000   Frente al desnudo femenino, several autors, Editorial Udyat (Spain)


Awards & grants (selection) 

2013   Grant of research and creation 2013, CoNCA. Granted project: "Tokyo. Un projecte continu"
2012   XIV International Visual Arts Award CEC
2012   Descubrimientos PHE 2012
2011   XIV Unicaja Biennial Photography Award, awarded and acquired work
2010   Grant of research and creation 2013, CoNCA. Granted project: "La intimitat"
2010   TotArt 2010
2010   XII International Visual Arts Award CEC
2002   LUX silver (personal project),AFP (professional photographers association of Spain)
1996   LUX gold (fashion), AFP (professional photographers association of Spain)