Namsa Leuba’s artistic practice examines the representation of African identity through the Western imagination. Whether executed on location in the artist’s ancestral hometown of Guinea or in the constructed studio environment, Leuba’s projects combine an anthropological interest in traditional customs with an aesthetic that is informed by fashion and design sensibilities. Adopting a theatrical approach with careful attention to color and gesture, Namsa Leuba questions the relationship between fact and fiction, action and representation, and the sacred and the profane.
Leuba holds a BA in Photography and an MA in art direction from ECAL/University of Art and Design in Lausanne, Switzerland. In 2013, she was one of the winners of the Magenta Foundation’s prize for emerging photographers, and in 2012 she was awarded the PhotoGlobal Prize at the Fashion and Photography Festival in Hyères. Her work has been featured in exhibitions at Quai Branly Museum, France (2015); Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Spain (2015); and Daegu Photo Biennale, South Korea (2014).