The photographs study ritual artifacts common to the cosmology of Guineans, with statuettes being part of a complex ceremonial structure. These statuettes seem to come from another world, marking the visible roots of the living, yet picturing the untouchable. The statuettes hold a cultural value through what they represent or symbolise, modesty, luck, fecundity or a channel for exorcism being some of the recurrent themes.
Through her photographs, Namsa Leuba transforms these cosmological objects and symbols of community, which traditionally have a specific signification when used as part of rituals. As these objects are part of a collective that they must not be separated from, in order to keep their value and consideration, they are integrated into symbolic orders where every component has its place and holds a specific function. These statuettes become ritualistic tools that the photographer animates by staging live models and desecrates by giving them another meaning, which is unfamiliar to the Guinean context. As the camera lens recontextualize these sacred objects, the artist brings them in a framework designed for a Western aesthetic of choice and taste, making the statuettes speak differently and challening both the Western perspective and the sometimes violent reactions of Guineans who view such practices as a form of sacrilege.