Ouka Leele inedited

Her career started with selling paintings in the street. Many years later, in 2005, Bárbara Allende Gil de Biedma, better known as Ouka Leele, received the Spanish National Photography Prize.

Now the Ministry of Culture is holding an anthological exhibition of her unpublished work in the Costumes Museum Museo del Traje. This Madrid artist, a prominent figure in the Madrid movement, the so called ‘Movida Madrileña’, is given due recognition in this exhibition, which turns out to be a sentimental and artistic review full of life and humanity, almost in the comedian style of an image-based human theater. Outside Spain, her works have been exhibited in Paris, London, Tokyo, Sao Paulo and New York

The exhibition Ouka Leele Inédita gives an opportunity to view less well-known photographs by this artist. With 67 medium and large format works on show, this artistic, sentimental retrospective reflects her technical mastery and constant creativity, ranging from her first black and white photographs right up to digital images taken with a mobile phone or touched up in Photoshop. Also included is the hand-coloured photograph, one of the genres which made her style and technique famous. Unfortunately, she didn´t made any new progresses after that. The exhibition is more a retrospective of her life, from family pictures realized in adolescence, photos from the ‘Movida Madrileña’ to some contemporary works. Nevertheless, a very interesting point is that all these very intimate photos were taken spontaneously, or as Ouka says: ‘without thinking of once being exhibited’

Exhibition: 9 April – 8 June 2008


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