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Ouka Leele

Ouka Leele (b. 1957, Madrid), was 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 labeled as "icons of her time". Her unedited photos that are often additionally hand-painted are 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), etc.


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