Jana Leo

Jana Leo was born in Madrid in 1965. She lives and works in New York and Madrid. She teaches Concepts in Art, Architecture and Aesthetics at Cooper Union in New York. She also teaches Projects at Syracuse University. For the past 15 years Leo has worked on writing, video, film and photography, and for the past 10 years in architecture. She has a PhD in Philosophy from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, UAM, 2000 and a Master in Architecture from Princeton University, with an university scholarship. Between 1992 and 1994 she completed a Master in Art Theory at the Instituto de Estética y Teoría de las Artes and took courses for a BA in Philosophy and Literature, which she received from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid in 1990. She has received among other grants, the Pollock grant, and the Marcelina Botín grant.



Ambiguity is the key element in the rigourous exercise of complexity. Ambiguity is an endangered species. Art preserves its survival. In my trajectory: Photographs and films that make intimacy public; Self-portraits of who I am not; a living unit prototype to provide autonomy and a prototype of empty space for the imagination; contact and lack of communication in a performance of virtual sex; love words sculpted in ice that drip on the wall, and melt; a programme for the restoration of buildings to avoid crime inside; legal action to reduce the length of convictions for aggression, as requested by the victims; a service that sells what cannot be bought; a space for intimate and indefinite relations between strangers; architecture that creates what cannot be designed; the encounter, chance. The camera that was used to live that which, without the intent to see, would not have been recorded.