Ouka Leele. A donde la luz me lleve
Miradas de Asturias
Miradas de Asturias (Views of Asturias) is a long-term initiative by the María Cristina Masaveu Peterson Foundation to promote, through patronage, the creation of a collection of unpublished work inspired by Asturias, based on the intimate and personal perspective of renowned guest photographers who are also winners of Spain's National Photography Prize.
This third Miradas de Asturias event, the exhibition “A donde la luz me lleve” (Where the Light Takes Me) features the work of guest photographer Ouka Leele (Madrid, 1957), photographer, performer, painter, poet, director of audio-visual work and all-round artist. Her view shows that small, intimate universe where she lived for a time whilst on a journey "following the light", in an attempt to exorcise the fleeting moment, the uncertain light in which those landscapes and the souls who inhabit them coexist. A world full of enchantment and mystery brought to us by Ouka Leele's fantasy, imagination and fresh view in this exhibition.
For the artist, the experience of working in Asturias prompted "the feeling of entering paradise, immersed in beauty". Her photos portray coasts, lighthouses and rocks but also rural customs, plant life and architecture, with her own distinctive style running through all the work.
Colour, dreamlike landscapes and evocative scenes give a mysterious and intimate view of the region. "Like a light gatherer, I go out alone in the morning to wherever the light leads me, knowing that I can't repeat what is sometimes formed by light and mists, by moisture and unrepeatable mysteries" says the artist.
The exhibition project, curated by art critic and curator Manuel Romero, consists of 50 works (most of which are large format colour photographs) combined with five water colours painted over black and white photographs, plus three audio-visual pieces.
From february 18 to april 29 of 2015