Namsa Leuba


Namsa Leuba

Namsa Leuba was born in 1982 from a Guinean mother and a Swiss father. During the past 3 years, her research focused on African identity through Western eyes.

Her work has been published in numerous magazines, including I-D, Numéro, KALEIDOSCOPE, Foam, Interview, Vice Magazine, New York Magazine, Wallpaper*, Libération, British Journal of Photography, European Photography.

Namsa Leuba has also received notable international recognitions. In 2010, the jury of the photography festival Planche(s) Contact of Deauville (CH), chaired by Bettina Rheims, awarded her the first prize. She then had the opportunity to do an exhibition in Deauville. In 2011, I’ECAL (University of Art and Design Lausanne (CH) awarded her a degree with excellent distinction for her project carried out in Conakry, Guinea. This production, called “Ya Kala Ben”, also received the BCV award. Most significantly, during the 2012 Fashion and Photography Festival in Hyères, she was awarded the PhotoGlobal Prize, which allows her to spend one year in NY. In 2013, Namsa Leuba was one of winners of the Magenta Foundation Flash Forward festival – Emerging Photographers in United States. At the beginning of 2014, Namsa Leuba will stay for 5 months in South Africa in an artist residency sponsorised by Pro Helvetia Foundation.

The serie of photographs «Ya Kala Ben» proved to be a great success and has been exhibited numerous times: in London in 2012, at l’espace Lausannois d’art contemporain (l’elac) en 2011, APhF:12 Athens Photo Festival (GR), Salone internazionale del mobile (IT), during Art Basel 43, POPCAP’12, (CH), MEN Museum of Ethnography in Neuchatel»: «Hors champ» Exhibition until October 2013.

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