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Ouka Leele
Untitled, 1988
Gigant polaroid
70 x 55 cm (unframed)

 

Ouka Leele
Untitled, 1988
Gigant polaroid
70 x 55 cm (unframed)

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Ouka Leele
Flamenco, 1988
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70 x 55 cm (unframed)

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Ouka Leele
Untitled, 1988
Gigant polaroid
70 x 55 cm (unframed)

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Ouka Leele
Untitled, 1988
Gigant polaroid
70 x 55 cm (unframed)

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Ouka Leele
Untitled, 1988
Gigant polaroid
70 x 55 cm (unframed)

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La luz que reflejan los cuerpos
danza dentro de mis ojos
Ouka Leele, Polaroids, 1988
10th of June – 4th of September

Intersticio is pleased to present the first solo show by Ouka Leele with the gallery.

La Luz que reflejan los cuerpos danza dentro de mis ojos, presents a collection of Polaroid photographs by the spanish photographer Ouka Leele commissioned by french designer Philippe Model and taken in 1988 in Paris. For the occasion, the artist portrayed the designer’s collection of accessories in different locations that she projected from her imaginary, using a giant polaroid camera. This machine was the only one in Europe at the time that could produce instant images of 50 x 60 cm and it was transported from Frankfurt to Jouy-en Josas (France) for the occasion. The serie, 26 photographs in total, was presented for the first time at the Cartier Foundation in 1988, within the frame of the Photo Month from the city of Paris.

Ouka Leele, born in Madrid in 1957, is a Spanish photographer whose real name is Barbara Allende Gil de Biedma. Even though she wanted to be a painter, she discovered photography as a medium to express her natural and intensive artistic sensitivity. It is in the 1980s in Madrid during the nation’s “movida” movement when she demonstrated her interest in a variety of artistic disciplines such as drawing, serigraphy, painting and literature resulting in a series of photos labelled as “icons of her time”. In her photography one recognizes the references to the ancient civilizations, mythological stories, literature and intimate worlds of family and friends placed in different settings including portraits and self-portraits. Her unedited photos that are often additionally hand painted is an attempt to show human nature and to reveal the connections between life, emotions and its translations in art language.

She was awarded the 2004 Culture Prize by the Community of Madrid and the 2005 National Photography Award and her works can be found in a number of collections including Collection Arco (Madrid), Foundation Cartier (Paris), Foundation La Caixa (Barcelona), Cervantes Institute (Lisbon), Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia (Madrid), Tabaco Gitanes (Paris) or the Archivo Lafuente (Cantabria) in between others. She currently have a retrospective exhibition at the Círculo de Bellas Artes (Madrid)