I'm in Tokyo. It's dark and raining. Everything blurs around me. The faces, lights, the times I’ve gone through. I feel myself fading away, losing control. I’m not worried, far from it: a sense of stillness, recognition and renewal flows through me. Beyond the first mists that hampered my sight, everything now comes limpid, crystal clear. I begin to tidy up my lifetime, trying to comprehend why I came here.
Rain. Night. Life. Japan. The encapsulation of what coexists between the internal and external noise, suspended in a time that provides rhythm and underpins human privacy. Textures. And all that revolving around a blur, which —as César Ordóñez rightly emphasizes— is just the vehicle to realize that life, in many of its levels, is not in the hands of those who experience it, but the other way round.
In Tokyo Blur cherry blossoms sway unfocused while silk-thread looking petals cover the river, and close, very close, a heron balances the surrounding air. Ordóñez's work is the language of turnaround: blur fosters poetics, and symbols —Mount Fuji rising from its less visited side, diners blurred in a plastic fish tank, oblivious to the clarity around them and that they shall never touch— create landmarks along the way as the observer hikes uphill, from black to white, from what we can guess to what actually is, on a discovery journey. Tokyo Blur tenders a proposal of growth and craving for knowledge. It is a silent proposal of slow contemplation and closely individual process. It is a long route indeed: images count for what they are, but ensnare through the holes they show, inviting to reach out and touch, seeking that clarity which, most probably, we all desire to find in our own mirror.
If you wonder why we must approach César Ordóñez’s Japanese universe, the answer is as obvious as the opposing pairs that underpin this Tokyo blur: "it’s not about approaching. It’s all about daring."
César Ordóñez, photographer and video artist, was born in Barcelona. His work inquires into the relationship between humans beings and the spaces we inhabit. With an intimate, sensual and often introspective look. Exploring how our thoughts, feelings and attitudes influence our environment and the daily evolution of societies in which we live, and vice versa.
For over fifteen years he combined his professional activity as a fashion and advertising photographer with his artistic career growth. In that period, during eight years, he was part on the board of the Professional Photographers Association of Spain. From 2007 to the present, he develops his personal projects between Tokyo and Barcelona. In the Japanese capital is remarkable his participation in Tokyo-Ga, an extensive photographic group project.
He has exhibited in Spain, Mexico, France, Russia, Japan, South Korea and China. His works are part of important art collections as: Auer Photo Foundation (Geneva, Switzerland), Fundació Fotocolectania (Barcelona, Spain) and Fundación Unicaja (Malaga, Spain). Recently, he has published his first photobook: Tokyo Blur.
"I was born in Barcelona, my love forever, but a summer evening in 2000 I met who would be a new and lasting love: Tokyo. Since that moment, there I've been developing most of my career. My creative process, that it builds and runs in parallel with the emotional experiences that I live and make me feel alive, finds in the Japanese megalopolis the inspiration, the intimacy and also the beauty that I'm searching to express myself. A beauty that becomes a vital necessity. And provides me the energy to try to understand our world and to dream of a better one. Perhaps that is why my photographs and video-creations, move between the reality and the metaphor, between the moments lived and the desired ones."
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