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Artist and photographer Namsa Leuba does not do anything by half measure – her portraits are arresting, intense, vibrant – not only a representation of her African subjects, but a metaphor for the continent.
Born to a Guinean mother and a Swiss father, Namsa Leuba is not merely preoccupied with the African identity, she is inspired by it. For the past four odd years, Leuba’s research and art have been focussed on ‘the African identity through Western eyes.’
Leuba has a distinctive talent for composition, bolstered by a Master’s in Art Direction from the University of Art and Design in Lausanne. Her works have been featured in a number of notable publications – including New York Magazine and Numéro.
Leuba is not an unfamiliar face at awards ceremonies and photography festivals. Her recognitions include being awarded a degree with excellent distinction from the University of Art and Design, Lausanne as well as a BCV Award for her project titled ‘Ya Kala Ben’ and a PhotoGlobal Prize, to name but two.
Leuba’s works are about more than subject matter; they are not merely a representation of the cultures and/or individuals they represent, but also a study of those individuals and/or cultures. Do yourself a favour and look through Leuba’s online gallery, you might find something of yourself contained within her photographs.
If you are interested in seeing her works in person, her upcoming 2015 exhibitions include Art 21 [Lagos], Saatchi Gallery [London], Photo Quai – Quai Branly Museum [Paris] and Making Africa – A Continent of Contemporary Design, Vitra, the Guggenheim Museum [Bilbao, Spain].
Photo Credit: http://www.namsaleuba.com/
Words by Illona Meyer
The STREAM AFRICA Team