The Swiss-Guinean Namsa Leuba (Switzerland, 1982) studied photography at ECAL (Université d’Art et du Design, Lausanne), graduating with a Masters in Art Direction. Her work has been published in numerous magazines, including I-D, Numéro, Kaleidoscope and Foam. She was awarded various prizes between 2010 and 2013. Namsa exhibits her work in various collective shows, including at the Guggenheim in Bilbao, Redhook Labs in Brooklyn, in Copenhagen, in Korea, in Athens and at Tate Modern in London. She divides her time between Africa, Tahiti and Europe.
The main focus in the work of Namsa Leuba is on the African identity, which she views through her lens as a Westerner. Spanning documentary, fashion and performance, Namsa Leuba creates a set of visual images exploring the signs and symbols of her cultural heritage. Hangar has presented her series Weke in its entirety for the first time in September 2018. This series of photographs, executed in the Republic of Benin, the birthplace of voodoo, imagines narratives that are inspired by the local animist traditions of the vodoo religion.