Leila Ali (b. Bogotá, Colombia) is a visual artist and independent researcher interested in the medium of photography. Currently lives and works between Sydney and Los Angeles.

Since the beginning of her artistic career, Leila has been interested in working-with-photography, focusing on vernacular found photography and photo archives. In her process, she carefully alters those images employing strategies of mixed-media and collage to explore the photographs as objects. The physical connection between old analog photographs and manual interventions allows Leila to create one-of-a-kind images that interrogate the complex relationship between photography, memory, and identity.

Leila Ali studied her Bachelor Degree in Fine Arts at Superior Academy of Arts of Bogotá (1997) and completed two Master’s Degrees, in Cultural Studies (2010) at the National University of Colombia, where she graduated with Mention of Distinction by the Faculty; and in Aesthetic and Art History (2014) at the University of São Paulo in Brazil. Her work has been included in numerous group exhibitions in Colombia, Argentina, Brazil, Australia, South Korea, and the United States. 

Education 

2014

Master’s Degree in Aesthetics and Art History. Interfaculty Postgraduate Program in Aesthetic and Art History [PGEHA].

University of São Paulo [USP], Brazil.

2010

Master’s Degree in Cultural Studies. Faculty of Humanities.

National University of Colombia, Bogota, Colombia.

Thesis awarded with Mention of Distinction by the faculty.

1997

Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts. Superior Academy of Arts of Bogota - Faculty of Arts.

Francisco Jose de Caldas District University of Bogota, Colombia.

Exhibitions 

2021

Campbelltown Arts Center. “Fisher’s Ghost Art Award” - Finalist Exhibition. Sydney NSW -  Australia

2021

L.A. Photo Curator.  “This Land is Your Land” - International Exhibition. Los Angeles, California - United States.

https://www.laphotocurator.com/this-land-is-your-land-curated-by-dianne-yudelson

2020

CICA Museum [Czong Institute for Contemporary Art].  “Objects” - International Exhibition. Gimpo-si, Gyeonggi-do, - South Korea

2019

Campbelltown Arts Center. “Fisher’s Ghost Art Award” - Finalist Exhibition. Sydney NSW -  Australia

LensCulture. “Art Photography Awards 2019” - Selected to be included in the Competition Gallery - Online. 

2017

Inspire9 - Industrial Creative Space. “Portable Kits” - Digital Photography. Melbourne VIC - Australia

2012

University of São Paulo - Creative Center of Multimedia. “Ubicidades” [Ubicities] Artistic Experimental Event of Performance and Telematics. São Paulo SP - Brazil      

Santa Fe Gallery. “Proyecto Rosa” [Rosa Project]. Bogota DC - Colombia

2009

La Macarena. “La Silla Vacía” [The Empty Chair]. Bogota DC - Colombia

2006

Semana Center. “Salón Marginal de Arte - Semana” [Marginal Art Salon - Semana]. Bogota DC - Colombia

2002

Art Faculty Galleries - Javeriana University and National University of Colombia. “Arte en Conserva”  [Art Preserve]. Bogota DC - Colombia

2000

El Museo Gallery. ”Alternativas en Proceso” [Alternatives in Process]. Bogota DC - Colombia  

 Espacio Alterno Gallery. ”Imagenes que Navegan” [Sailing Images]. Bogota DC - Colombia

Portobello Art and Desing Center. Exhibition and Auction “El Arte de Dar”     [The Art of Giving]. Bogota     DC - Colombia  

1999

Espacio 3300 Gallery.  ”Reconstrucción de un Crimen - Reflexiones en torno al Collage” [Reconstruction of a Crime - Reflections around Collage]. Bogota DC - Colombia

Ministery of Culture of Colombia. Live Painting and Exhibition “Frente en Blanco - De la Tolerancia al Afecto”     [Front in White-From Tolerance to Affection]. Bogota DC - Colombia

Museum of Modern Art of Bogota.  “Primeros Premios Salones Nacionales 1940 - 1998]” [First National Art Awards 1940-1998]. Bogotá DC - Colombia           

La Samaritana Hospital. “Salud Plástica!” [Art for Health!]. Bogotá DC - Colombia

1998

Art and Culture Centre - Jorge Tadeo Lozano University.  Latin American Modern Art - Final Diploma Course Exhibition. Bogotá DC - Colombia

1997

Gilberto Alzate Avendaño Fundation.   Salón de Agosto [August Art Hall]. Bogotá DC - Colombia

Gallery of the Superior Academy of Arts of Bogota. -  Solo Exhibition /Graduation Thesis. Bogotá DC - Colombia

Awards 

2019

Finalist. Fishers’ Ghost Art Award. Campbelltown Arts Centre. New South Wales, Australia

Publications

2020