Namsa Leuba’s photographic practice examines the representation of African identity through the Western imagination. Leuba creates visual imagery that explores signs and symbols of her cultural heritage, from rituals to ceremonial objects. Adopting a theatrical approach with careful attention to props, colours and gestures, Leuba questions the relationship between fact and fiction, action and representation, and the sacred and profane. Whether executed on location in the artist’s ancestral hometown of Guinea or in a studio environment, her projects are underpinned by an anthropological interest in traditional customs, and aesthetically informed by fashion and design sensibilities.
Leuba’s recent exhibitions include Foam Talent, Foam Museum (2017), Amsterdam; Lumière d’Afrique, Palais des Nations, Geneva and Le Mois de la Photo, Incamera, Paris (2017), Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design, Guggenheim Bilbao, Spain and Nataal: New African Photography at Redhook Labs, Brooklyn (2016) and Ethnomodern, Art Twenty One, Lagos (2016).