Where are we from? and how far does this domain extend? We are all from a ‘place’ whether that be a city, village town, or the middle of nowhere, but what is unanimous we are all from somewhere. What are the individual characteristics of these places and how far do they go?
These are all questions Ricardo Dominguez Alcaraz has chosen to explore in his series No Ones Land. We pass through the outer limits of these domains every day but how do we really quantify what belongs to one and not the other. Unlike a border to a country we typically do not put up defining lines that let us know when we approach these limits.
Ricardo is exploring the limits to these places, hit the jump to see more.
RIcardo’s work No Ones Land is as much a topographical study of a city as the work done within the city limits. Exploring the aspects and characteristics of the outer spaces says as much about the city as it does inside. Power lines pass through, vegetables grow and roads that join the cities together all play a part in the identity of a city. Ricardo attempts to convey the silence of the lands between the city divides, showing you exactly as they are, motionless.
“But what I realised is that the limit is, in many terms, more mental than physical. When at these territories you tend to think that you are outside of the city when, in reality, you are inside. And why do you tend to think that? Because the landscape is different to what you normally think about a city. There are different things in this territory, there are different sounds and different smells, and it is calm, but that’s their value: they are the necessary opposition to the city and without them the city cannot survive.”
Ricardo’s work is mainly centred around documentary as he feels this is his way of understanding the world around him. The camera is a tool for Ricardo for identifying and exploring the world
“I want to understand what surrounds me, what are the spaces and elements that define us and integrate or isolate us in our society, what are they, how do we use them and how do they makes us feel.”