Sam Jones “Spanish photographer Ouka Leele, star of the Movida Madrileña, dies aged 64” https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2022/may/25/spanish-photographer-ouka-leele-star-of-the-movida-madrilena-dies-aged-64
Born Bárbara Allende Gil de Biedma in Madrid in 1957, Leele began drawing, painting and devouring history of art books at an early age. After studying photography, she alighted on what would become her trademark style – an often riotous fusion of monochrome photographic images overpainted with gaudy watercolours.
Stints in Barcelona and New York were followed by a return to Madrid in 1981 and to a capital that was embracing the creative, debauched and often destructive early days of Spain’s post-Franco reawakening.
The social and political upheaval of the time – a smooth return to democracy was by no means a certainty – gave rise to some of Spain’s best-known cultural figures, including Leele, the filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar*4 and the photographer Alberto García-Alix*5.
*2:See also https://sumita-m.hatenadiary.com/entry/20100614/1276493034 https://sumita-m.hatenadiary.com/entry/20100626/1277554290 https://sumita-m.hatenadiary.com/entry/20110815/1313428814 https://sumita-m.hatenadiary.com/entry/20141103/1415030967 https://sumita-m.hatenadiary.com/entry/20160823/1471923899 https://sumita-m.hatenadiary.com/entry/2020/08/26/131311 https://sumita-m.hatenadiary.com/entry/2021/07/10/133203
*3:See eg. Stephen Phelan “'Bless the chaos': La Movida Madrileña, Spain's seedy, wild post-Franco underground” https://www.theguardian.com/music/2020/feb/11/la-movida-madrilena-spain-post-franco-anarchists-alaska-pedro-almodovar https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Movida_Madrile%C3%B1a
*5:See eg. Sam Jones “Alberto García-Alix's best photograph: self-portrait in a dress made by Elvis” https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2017/aug/23/alberto-garcia-alixs-best-photograph-heroin-hepatitis-c-and-elviss-prettiest-frock