Jana Leo (Madrid, 1965) is a teacher in Philosophy and Humanities, a Master in Art Theory and Aesthetics at the Universidad Autónoma of Madrid and a Master in Architecture at the University of Princeton in the United States. She was a professor of projects and advanced concepts in Architecture at Cooper Union University in New York for seven years. Jana Leo has exhibited, among others, at the International Center of Photography of New York, at ARCO and MNCARS in Madrid.
Jana Leo carries out systems analysis. In 2008, Jana Leo created the MoSis, Models and Systems Foundation; Art and City. Her work teaches how a pattern works and its impact on individuals. Leo documents, with images and texts, the emotional state that runs parallel to the events. She is the author of The journey without distance, Perversions of time, space and money before the limit in contemporary culture (CENDEAC, Murcia 2006; republished in 2014). In Rape New York, (translated for Lince Ediciones, Barcelona in 2017 and published as Rape New York by Book Works, London, in 2009; and by Feminist Press, New York, in 2011) she draws the mental state of a rape by reviewing its myths and analyzes the background of sexual assault, the gaps in the judicial system and the relationship between gentrification, eviction and rape. She has prefaced the Spanish edition of No es para tanto. Notas sobre la cultura de la violación (It’s not a big deal. Notes on the culture of rape), coordinated by Roxane Gay, in 2018. She has collaborated in Tranquilas, historias para ir solas por la noche. (Calm girls. Stories to walk alone at night), edited by Maria Folguera and Carmen Gutierrez De La Cueva, Lumen 2019.
Jana Leo has received, among others, the Pollock and the Botín scholarship and in 2020 she has resided at the Spanish Academy in Rome after receiving the Rome scholarship studying the violence of the procedure in bureaucratic procedures.