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Iberia Center for Contemporary Art Details
Iberia Center for Contemporary Art, Media Dept.
Ouka Leele: Between Two Worlds is a comprehensive retrospective, organized by Iberia Center for Contemporary Art of Beijing and Tomas y Valiente Art Center of Fuenlabrada (Madrid), which will showcase a collection of 67 pieces of Ouka Leele's works from all different stages of her artistic career: from Hairdresser's Series of her first solo in 1979, and works of the 1980s during the new wave cultural movement in Madrid, La Movida.
Ouka Leele, a prestigious Spanish female photographer with an art career dating back to the late 70's, ranks among the landmark figures of Europe as a contemporary of the American female artist Cindy Sherman. Her career started concurrently with La Movida, the cutural and social movement that has renovated art scene in Spain during the decade of 80s. It was a counter-cultural movement that emerged in Madrid during the early years of the Spanish postfrancoist transition to democracy. Among the most representative names of the movement were the film director Pedro Almodovar and the photographer Ouka Leele.
Ouka Leele's universe has always been between two worlds, painting and photography, the earthly and the spiritual. In her work, the personal artistic language with the fusion of photography and painting, to quote her own metaphor, is "visual poetry, a manner of speaking without words, and a blend of drama, imagination, painting and photography". A critic has named her work of black and white pictures hand-colored with watercolor as "fotoacuarelas" (watercolor photographies). The process takes four steps: take the picture, make the positive of the film, paint the positive, and conserve the image. Presently, her unique work develops along two paths: one is works of portraits, in which she interpretes reality with a difficult simplicity, the other a sentimental and intimate approach to the Nature, which is related to the concept of feminity and the creator of life.
City Weekend says
Spanish female photographer Ouka Leela showcases her collection spanning from 1979 in her "Hairdressers series" to the new wave of cultural movement in Madrid during La Movida in the 1980's. Merging painting and photography, she presents a visual poetry of portraits and intimate photos of nature that captures femininity.