Ouka Leele´s anthology

 

 

The Niemeyer Center in Aviles hosts until November 29 the anthology "INÉDITA" ("Unpublished") of the artist Ouka Leele. A sample of unpublished works and various lesser-known readings about the poetic and visual imagery of Barbara Allende Gil de Biedma.

 

 

 

 

The poet and writer is perhaps the least known face of Ouka Leele but certainly it is the one who feeds the landscapes, characters and scenarios portraying by photographer Ouka Lele, the best known of the Oukas. It is precisely this visual poetry, these personal poems, which the Commissioner Rafael Gordon has sought between files and lesser-known works of the artist and what he has hanged in the walls of the Niemeyer Center as an "inner journey, deep and full " through the carreer and the person of Ouka Lele.

 


"INÉDITA" is a retrospective exhibition of eclectic and diverse works of very different moments of her career, allowing the public to see the evolution and consolidation of her language. From her first snapshots with just 17 years, self-portraits (identity searches outside the narcissism), the appearance of its symbols, totems and fetishes, until mature works and new creative pursuits, as "a human comedy in 67 pictures" , explained Gordon. Literature, mythology, dreams, friendship and family are invariant visual ingredients for her potions and the binder material of this sample.

 

 

 

 

The artist herself was surprised with the selection of the commissioner: "Interestingly, there is no picture painted with watercolors, the more known part of my work. The commissioner Rafael Gordon was choosing my photo files that have never been seen, even I never thought to teach, " she explained.

 

It is the unprecedented opportunity to contact more broadly than ever, with a language, a poetic sensibility and speech borned of contact with the experience of life. "INÉDITA" was accompanied by the screening of the documentary "The look of Ouka Lele", nominated for the Goya in 2010, which speaks about the creative genius, passion and thought in the service of painting and photography as tools of the spirit.

 

 

 

 

 

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.