Namsa Leuba was born in 1982 of a Guinean mother and a Swiss father. During the past 4 years, her research has focused on the African identity seen through Western eyes. She graduated with a Master’s degree in Art direction from the University of Art and Design in Lausanne. 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, and European Photography.
Namsa Leuba has also received notable international prizes. In 2010, the jury of the photography festival Planche(s) Contact of Deauville (CH), chaired by Bettina Rheims, awarded her the first prize. In 2011, I’ECAL (University of Art and Design Lausanne (CH) awarded her a degree with distinction for her project produced in Conakry, Guinea. This work, 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. In 2013, Namsa Leuba was one of winners of the Magenta Foundation Flash Forward festival – Emerging Photographers in United States.
Recent exhibitions include That Art Fair Cape Town in 2015; the Lagos Photo Festival, in 2014; Nigeria Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, in Canada; Daegu Photo Biennale, in South Korea, and Fotofestival’s main exhibition Haute Africa, an exhibition that included work by Martin Parr, Viviane Sassen, and Wangechi Mutu, held in Belgium.
Photo Credit: Tim Barber
Ndebele Pattern Silver, 2015,
Printed on Hahnemühle photorag baryta,
120 x 120 cm