Deb Leal is a multidisciplinary artist using photography & cinema to investigate degrees of adaption between the Erotic and the Devout. Understanding shame to be a tactic of control, Leal taps into private moments that feel carnally playful or discordant. Her investigations often jar moments that float in limbo, as baroque technique is applied to a modern scene. From the hushed presence of Curanderismo in her youth, to witnessing the large-scale suppression of sexuality– a similar syncretism is explored as an act of reclamation and healing while simultaneously addressing hardships passed between generations. She received her BFA in Fine Art Photography from The Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design and her work has been exhibited in galleries, festivals, and conferences including: The deYoung Art Museum, San Francisco; Connecting Perspectives, Consulate General of Canada in New York; LULAC National, Milwaukee; and has been archived in publications like “Book & Job Gallery: Find Rangers Magazine vol. 23”, San Francisco; and “Vad händer nu (What Happens Now): A Feminist Anthology” Malmö, Sweden. She is currently living and working in Oakland, CA.
Locations: United States