Bio

Ricardo Ocaña

Granada, 1970

Mathematician specialized in Statistics. His interest in the image as an artistic expression led him to take several specialization courses in photography and visual language, completing his training with the Master in Photography and Design at SHIFTA by Elisava. His works are related to the visual exploration of the physical world and the use of photography as a means of metaphysical reflection. He is especially interested in the symbiosis between photography and mathematics, the abstract image and the analysis of new creative methods in visual art. In his current project, Alea, he explores randomness and reflects on the concept of chance from a visual perspective, connecting it with the error, the bias, and the random decisions of algorithms.

Espentana

Granada, 2018

"The distance between them is to be measured not in terms of the relative force or originality of their work, but in terms of their conceptions of what a photograph is: is it a mirror, reflecting a portrait of the artist who made it, or a window, through which one might better know the world?"

John Szarkowski, 1978 (Mirrors and windows: American photography since 1960, p. 25)

Espentana is an exhibition space, whose name comes from the union of the Spanish words "espejo" (mirror) and "ventana" (window). This duality is part of the photographic identity of each artist. The mirror is an image that incorporates the subjective narrative, where the author shows his personal vision and turns photography into an artistic expression that projects its values, reflections, emotions, states or perceptions. The window is a documentary image of the world, which aims to describe or remember it. Both characteristics can coexist simultaneously, one prevail over the other or evolve over time.

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