Last Ouka Leele´s special edition litographies

 

To celebrate our 10th aniversary, Art Madrid asked the artista Ouka Leele in order to design a special edition litography to conmemorate the event. A limited edition that you still can have and for a lower price!!

The poster, printed on Fedrigoni Old Mill paper of 100 gr. with measures of 83x51'5 cm, has one of the latest Ouka Leele's painted photos and the 10th anniversary commemorative text. The artist herself signed some copies to make the piece a more special memory if possible. The price of lithographic posters is 15 €.
 
The lithography, with an edition of 125 numbered copies, has 100 x 64.5 cm and it is printed on Fedrigoni Old Mill paper 250 gr. The piece, certified, had a special price during the fair, 300 €, price that we keep a few months !!! (... It would cost € 500 in the regular market). Do not miss the opportunity to bring you a bit of these decade of art.

 


OUKA LEELE

Stage name of Barbara Allende Gil de Biedma (Madrid, 1957), artist, painter, poet and Spanish photographer.
 
It was one of the main names of the Madrid scene - La Movida - of the early 1980s, when she shared days and nights with Javier Mariscal, Ceesepe, Alberto García-Alix or Pedro Almodovar.
 
Self-taught, her photographs stand features black and white hand painted with watercolor. Ouka Leele mixes the Spanish traditions with the great colorful typical of this artist, honored with the National Photography Prize in 2005.
 
His stage name comes from a work of the painter "El Hortelano", a map of stars completely invented by him, in which appeared a star called "OUKA LEELE ".
 

The artist has always understood photography as "visual poetry, a way of speaking without words". And speaking as loud, he stopped traffic in the Plaza de la Cibeles, in Madrid, in order to make the renowned photography Rappelle-toi Barbara, representing the myth of Atalanta and Hippomenes and today already an icon of the city .

 

The CEART opens this Thursday, November 14th in the room A an exhibition dedicated to this master of photography, which will be open to the public until February 9th. The show includes one of the artist's latest projects, focused on the hard work carried out by the miners of Serra Pelada, an open gold mine in the heart of Brazil where employees daily risked their lives.

Immigration, poverty, marginal life, slave labour, man's relationship with the land, the use of natural resources... are issues that have always fascinated Salgado. From the beginning of his career as a photographer, his work has opted to give visibility to the most disadvantaged groups and to create with his images a vivid and impressive visual story without fakes. With a raw black and white, this author's work transits between photo-reportage and naturalistic photography.

And the idea that permeates all his work is human dignity. Salgado portrays employees, miners and gatherers from a purely humanistic approach that wants to value their integrity, their strength and their resilience.

“If you photograph a human, so that he is not represented in a noble way, there is no reason to take the picture. That is my way of seeing things.”

Salgado entered this discipline long after completing his studies in economics between Brazil and the United States, and a doctorate in statistics in France. But in 1973 his life took a turn, and he decided to start his career as a photographer. He achieved to work at the Gamma Agency and Magnum Photos for more than 15 years until in 1994 he founded his own agency “Amazonas Imagen”.

With the “Gold” project, the photographer portrays a harsh reality that takes place in the Serra Pelada mine, a name given to a totally devastated and anarchically excavated mining enclave, the world's largest open-pit gold mine, through which more than 50,000 people have passed. In the heat of the legends about the mysterious “El Dorado”, the enthusiasm for this precious metal led to the development of strenuous exploitation practices for the workers and to originate tales of grief and glory, of human victory and defeat between the soil, the tunnels and the cargo baskets.

The CEART exhibition brings together Salgado's full portfolio in his characteristical black and white and large-format photographs that leave no one indifferent.