Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Bárbara Allende Gil de Biedma aka Ouka Leele (b.1957) is a Spanish photographer

Bárbara Allende Gil de Biedma known as Ouka Leele (Madrid, June 29, 1957) is a Spanish photographer. Her uncle Jaime Gil de Biedma was a famous poet; and her cousin Esperanza Aguirre was the President of Madrid from 17 October 2003 to 17 September 2012.
She was one of the most important photographers during La Movida Madrileña and she has also worked as an illustrator and written several poetry books
Ouka Leele is Represented by Gallery VU'
Ouka Leele wanted to be a painter but discovered photography as another medium of looking at figurative work. At a unique moment in Spanish history in the aftermath of Franco’s death, she invented a fresh and original way of looking at images. With great ease she became a part of the nation’s “movida” movement and defined a contemporary approach to seduction located between provocation and playing with the concept of beauty. She has never considered photography to be merely a tool to render reality visible. Rather, she uses it as an instrument to impose her point of view through both intimacy and distance.

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